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Memory and Violence


Memory and Violence

The Memory and Violence working group is a new interdisciplinary group, open to all with an interest in the relationships between collective memory, public history, trauma, violence, representation, and the politics of memorialisation and memory work. We will be reading some key texts in these fields, and will also be a space for postgraduate students and researchers to discuss their own work with each other. 

Based at the Birkbeck College School of Arts, we aim to meet once a month during term time.

Members: 19
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2015

First meeting - Thurs 8 November 2012, 4-6pm

We'll be meeting in room 112 at the Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square - all welcome! 

Reading for this meeting will focus on photography, violence and representation; pdfs are attached below.

Please also let me know if anyone would like to use the opportunity to present or discuss their own research; it doesn't necessarily have to be related to the reading, and can be kept quite informal and focused on research-in-progress.

Any questions/ queries/ thoughts for future texts, please feel free to email me: naomiroux(at)gmail(dot)com.




-Butler, Judith (2009). 'Torture and the ethics of photography: thinking with Sontag'. From Frames of War. London: Verso

-Sontag, Susan (1977). 'In Plato's Cave'. from On Photography. London: Penguin

-Sontag, Susan (2003). extracts from Regarding The Pain Of Others. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

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Comment by Naomi Roux on October 6, 2013 at 12:51

Hi everyone! Great to see some new members joining - this has inspired me to revive the group for this academic year, but with some changes that will take a bit of pressure off me in terms of gathering reading etc, making it a more collectively organised thing and also a space where we can share our own work with each other. Will put out a message once I'm a bit more organised, but hopefully we can have a meeting in late Oct/ early Nov, if there is enough interest. 

In the meantime, some of you may be interested in a Fanon reading group that is being organised by a friend of mine in the philosophy department at LSE, which is having its first meeting this week Wednesday and will be meeting twice a month to work through 'The Wretched of the Earth'. If anyone is interested in more detail please message me directly.

Comment by Gary Haines on March 17, 2013 at 15:27

Dear all, I have been in discussion with Naomi and we are thinking of extending the remit of the group to include the visual representation of war in art. i also hope to organise the odd trip or visit to archives etc. Please let me know if your interested.

Comment by Naomi Roux on November 5, 2012 at 14:00

Hi all,

Some initial thoughts on the readings from Geoff, attached here: 

Memory and violence - GB comments.doc

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday. I may bring along some images from my own work that I think resonate with the readings, as a possible starting point for discussion - please feel free to do the same, if you like.


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