The New School's Memory Rebound Conference March 14th

Alexandra Pucciarelli Discussion

Memory Rebound

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The New School- 6 E 16th St, NY, NY

Wolff Auditorium



Ten years ago, five graduate students from The New School for Social Research founded The New School Memory Group, and they organized a conference entitled, “Is an Interdisciplinary Field of Memory Studies Possible?” At the time, memory studies was not an established field, and the students pondered the possibilities and limitations that cross-disciplinary collaboration would bring.  Now, ten years later, the Memory Group’s new cohorts will host a "revival" conference called Memory Rebound, a one-day event showcasing the contributions of our community to the field of memory studies. We ask, what has changed, what remains the same? What are the realities of interdisciplinary collaboration, and where is the field of memory studies headed?  


Opening remarks by Jeffrey Goldfarb and Dean William Milberg, panel presentations from New School faculty, students, alumni, and friends, and a special reunion keynote, moderated by Elzbieta Matynia and Jonathan Bach, featuring the Memory Group's founding members and remarks from New School faculty,William Hirst and Robin Wagner-Pacifici, and special guests, Barbie Zelizer and Jeffrey K. Olick.


Registration & Coffee

9:00AM - 9:50AM


Opening Remarks & Welcome  

10:00AM -10:30AM


Jeffrey Goldfarb

Professor of Sociology

The New School


William Milberg

Dean, The New School for Social Research &

Professor of Economics


Panel I

The Future of Memory (Turbo Talks)

10:30AM - 11:30AM


A panel of MA students researching new avenues of memory - each will give a 6-minute “turbo talk” presenting the main themes and questions of their research.


Co-Chairs:  Amy Sodaro, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Benoit Challand, The New School


The Effects of Video Games with Narratives that Promote Empathy

Marijn Mado, Sociology, NSSR

Elif Ece Sozer, Psychology, NSSR


The Mark of Cain: An Examination of Memory, Trauma, and Agency in Primo Levi’s If Not Now, When?

Amy Osika, Historical Studies, NSSR


Snapchatting at Ground Zero: Capturing Memory in the Digital Age

Alexandra Pucciarelli, Sociology, NSSR


From Guerrilla to Civilian: the Transit of the Guerrilla People of FARC to be Citizens in the Reintegration Process in Colombia

Aura Angelica Hernandez Cardenas, Sociology, NSSR


Memory as Identity: Formulation and Function of Nostalgic Responses to the Changing Urban Landscape of Beyoglu

Burak Tan, Political Theory, University of Chicago



11:30AM - 12:45PM


Panel II

Space Unbound

1:00PM - 2:30PM


Chair: Robert Kirkbride, Parsons School of Design


The Contested Memorials of the Berlin Wall

Julia Sonnevend, The New School


‘Unfortunately, I was a Girl': Temporal Displacement in Home Museums

Irit Dekel, Friedrich Schiller University


Memory, Space, and a (Still-Forming) Democratic Culture: Spatial Politics of Memory and Forgetting in post-Communist Borderland Poland

Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, Parsons School of Design


Memory, Trauma and Identity: Historical Remembrance of the Stalinist Repression in Romania

Monica Ciobanu, SUNY Plattsburgh


Memories of the Cold War from Atomic Appalachia

Lindsey Freeman, Simon Fraser University


Panel III

Agents and Activists

3:00PM - 4:30PM


Chair: Markus Schulz, The New School


Memory Activism: Reconceptualizing Memory Wars through their Social Agents

Yifat Gutman, Ben-Gurion University


Social Trauma and the Intersubjectivity of Memory and Oblivion in Uruguay (1985-2017)

Gabriela Fried Amilivia, California State University Los Angeles


Giulio Regeni. Towards a Radical and Transnational Use of Memory

Franco Palazzi, The New School

Michela Pusterla, University of Trieste


“Every Day after Was September 12th”: A Walk Through the George W. Bush Presidential Museum’s Opaque Narratives of State Violence in the War on Terror

Rachel Daniell,  CUNY Graduate Center


The Commemoration of Victims of State- and Narco-Violence in Mexico

Alexandra Délano Alonso, The New School

Benjamin Nienass, University of Rochester


Coffee Break




Memory Rebound Reunion Panel

5:00PM - 7:00PM


Moderators: Elzbieta Matynia, The New School & Jonathan Bach, The New School


Adam Brown, ’08, Sarah Lawrence College


Yifat Gutman, ’12, Ben-Gurion University


Lindsey Freeman, ’13, Simon Fraser University


Amy Sodaro, ’11, Borough of Manhattan Community College


Alin Coman, ’10, Princeton University


With Reflections by New School Faculty and Special Guests:


William Hirst, The New School


Robin Wagner-Pacifici, The New School


Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania


Jeffrey Olick, University of Virginia