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The Center for Jewish Studies (Tempe campus) and the Center for Critical Inquiry & Cultural Studies (CCICS, West campus), together with the faculty research cluster in Philosophy, Rhetoric & Literature are convening an university-wide event, "Memory & Countermemory: Memorialization of an Open Future", a Research Symposium, November 6-8, 2011 at Arizona State University. The symposium gathers distinguished scholars from the United States and Europe who, together with scholars from ASU, will discuss the relationship between trauma, memory, representation, memorialization and education. Contributing perspectives from a variety of geographical locales and transdisciplinary approaches, leading scholars of Holocaust studies will reflect on conflicted sites of memory with specialists in genocide studies, postcolonial studies, East European Studies, Native American studies and trauma studies. Anticipating Arizona’s centennial celebration in 2012, the symposium will also highlight some of the Southwest’s legacies connected to global and local memory. This event is supported by an ACLS conference grant and all major program units in the humanities at ASU. This event is part of the Arizona State University Project Humanities 2011: “The Humanities at a Crossroads: Perspectives on Place.”
To facilitate the availability of disability accommodations, contact Ilene Singer (480-965-8094) at least one week prior to the event. Printed materials distributed at symposium will be made available in large-print format upon request.
The cover art for this symposium—"Unwavering Faith, Unwavering Life" (2010)—is a memoir tryptich by artist Nova Hall. Nova is a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance program at ASU at the West campus, and a 2010 recipient of The Joan Frazer Memorial Award in the Arts.