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Laurier Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies hosts inaugural international summer seminar
On the surface, a border is simply where one nation ends and another begins. However, when analyzed closely, the idea of a “border” can actually hold much more significant meaning.
From July 3-5, researchers from Laurier and other Canadian institutions will join with scholars from Europe and Latin America to critically reflect on the notion of “border” at the Laurier Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies’ (CMTS) first international summer seminar.
The seminar, entitled “Memory and Testimony in the 21st Century: The border of memory. Memory at the border,” will be hosted by the Museu Memorial de l’Exili – The Exile Memorial Museum – in La Jonquera, Catalonia, Spain.
“We would like this seminar to be the first of a series of summer seminars truly interdisciplinary in nature,” said Marta Marín-Dòmine, an associate professor at Laurier and director of the CMTS. “For this first seminar we thought it was imperative to have a critical reflection on the notion of ‘border.’ The present seems to call for the dissolution of economical borders that might encompass a dilution of ethical borders and with it a potential erasure of cultural memories.”
The seminar will feature panel discussions, art workshops, a concert and speaker sessions focusing on the idea of borders as they relate to memory and testimony studies. Some of the sessions include: “Borders in the City: Workers, migrants and locals in contemporary Rome,” “The border between history and fiction” and “The border between the visible and the invisible.”
Several Laurier researchers will be presenting during the sessions, including:
- Marta Marín-Dòmine, associate professor of Languages and Literatures, director: CMTS.
- Hugo de Marinis, associate professor of Spanish, co-director: CMTS.
- Abderrahman Beggar, associate professor of Languages and Literatures, member: CMTS advisory board.
- Kim Anderson, associate professor of Indigenous Studies, member: CMTS.
- Hannah Jung, MA candidate in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory, research assistant: CMTS.
The seminar has been partially funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).