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Marie Jahoda Summer School 2017

Exile and Memory – Interdisciplinary Perspectives

September 24-29, 2017




Public Keynote Speech

September 28, 2017 - 6.30 p.m.

Prof. Marianne Hirsch

"Stateless memory"

Wien Museum - Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Vienna


How can the memory of violent pasts be mobilized for a more progressive and hopeful future? This talk responds to the renewed monumentality we find in memory museums, memorials and commemorative rituals that perpetuate nationalism and ethnocentrism. Looking at recent memorial projects by diasporic artists from different parts of the world, it explores both the vicissitudes and the vulnerabilities of exile and statelessness. While scholars have defined memory as transnational or transcultural, diasporic artists offer statelessness as a potential space of resistance to nationalist imaginaries, and as a platform of encounter and interconnection.

Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her work combines feminist theory with memory studies, particularly the transmission of memories of violence across generations. Her recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2012), Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory, co-authored with Leo Spitzer (University of California Press, 2010), Rites of Return: Diaspora, Poetics and the Politics of Memory, co-edited with Nancy K. Miller (Columbia University Press, 2011).

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Public Lecture

September 25, 2017 - 6.30 p.m.

Prof. Smain Laacher

"Le foyer qui n'est plus. Une vie qui se fragmente. L'exemple des populations forcées à l'exil"

Theater Brett - Münzwardeingasse 2, 1060 Wien

Translation in English will be available


L’émigration forcée en tant que phénomène social résulte de l’effondrement des structures sociales et des cadres symboliques qui maintenaient et reproduisaient la société. Ainsi, les uns et les autres sont devenus des personnes dépossédées d’un foyer. Sans foyer, la vie se fragmente, perd de son unité et de son sens. Rapportée à ces millions de personnes sans assignation, la notion de foyer recouvre des enjeux fondamentaux rarement explicités.

Smaïn Laacher est professeur de sociologie à l’Université de Strasbourg. Directeur du Centre Constructions de l’Europe, mobilités et frontières (UMR 7367 Dynamiques Européennes). Université de Strasbourg. Il est chercheur associé à l’Institut nationale des études démographiques (UR12) et Chercheur associé au Centre d’étude des mouvements sociaux (CNRS-Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). De 1998 à 2014 il à été Juge assesseur représentant le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) à la Cour nationale du droit d’asile (Paris). Il est l’auteur de nombreux ouvrages et articles. Notamment : Dictionnaire de l’immigration en France, Paris, Larousse, 2012 ; Ce qu’immigrer veut dire, Paris, Le Cavalier Bleu, en 2012 ; Des hommes et leurs mondes, Editions Dalimen, 2014 ; Smaïn Laacher, Mouvements migratoires. Une histoire française, éditions L'Âge d'Homme, 2016 (avec la collaboration de Geneviève Jacques Benjamin Stora et Jacques Toubon).




Lunch Lecture

September 26, 2017 - 1.30 p.m.

Dr. Marie Rodet

(Re)thinking Migration Memories and Diasporic Practices from the Perspective of the African Continent.

Institut für Soziologie - Rooseveltplatz 2, 1090 Wien


This lecture examines the importance of reinstating migration within the African continent as a central focus of research in African studies, beyond the usual present-oriented transnational approach and how crucial the study of migration memories is in such an endeavour.

Marie Rodet is Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa at SOAS, University of London. Her principal research interests lie in the field of migration history, gender studies and the history of slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. Publications: Marie Rodet and Francesca Declich (forthcoming in 2018): Special issue on “Memory & Migration in Africa and Beyond”, Africa, the Journal of the International Institute. Marie Rodet and Elodie Razy, eds (2016): Children on the Move in Africa: Past and Present Experiences of Migration (Oxford: James Currey). Marie Rodet (2015): “Historical Perspectives on Marriage, Migration, and Family Networks in the Region of Kayes, Mali”, Revue Européenne
des Migrations Internationales 31 (1), 39-55. Marie Rodet (2015): “Escaping Slavery and Building Diasporic Communities in French Soudan and Senegal, c. 1880- 1940”, The International Journal of Historical African Studies 48 (2), 1-24.
Marie Rodet and Christoph Reinprecht (2013): Special issue on “Mémoires et Migrations en Afrique de l’Ouest et en France”, Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales 29(1). Marie Rodet (2009): Les migrantes ignorées du Haut-Sénégal, 1900-1946 (Paris: Karthala).




Lunch Lecture

September 27, 2017 - 1.30 p.m.

Prof. Breda Gray


Social Relations of Exile and Memory: Shaping the Terms of Belonging

Institut für Soziologie - Rooseveltplatz 2, 1090 Wien


Exile is understood primarily as a specific kind of mobility associated with involuntary displacement and evoking memories of absent people and places. As such, we can see exile as linking time and place through memory, but this link can be conceived and seen to work in many different ways.  A central aim of this lecture is to examine the gendered, classed and racialised binding of the subjective and socio-political dimensions of exile through memory. Starting with Said (2001) and Hackl’s (2017) renderings of exile as a double-faced figuration, I consider the diverse ways in which exile connects time and place through memory. The first face of exile is that of a wistful rootedness in the lost home(land) which remains the repository of memory following political or economic banishment; the second face involves a cosmopolitan juxtapositioning of lost homeland and current location as the self is creatively remade against memories of the previous life and location. To develop the workings of memory in each of these renderings of exile, I draw on case studies of migration from and to Ireland. The focus is on how these two faces of exile organise relationships to self and national belonging in ways that reproduce hierarchical difference through (a) habits of memory; (b) appeals to collective memory: (c) structured forgetting; and (d) remembering as ‘intra-action’, i.e. beyond anthropocentrism.

Breda Gray is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick, Director of the MA in Gender, Culture & Society and Co-Convenor of the Gender ARC Research Network. Her research interests are in gendered, racialised and classed subjectivity; multiculture, religion secularity and formations of national belonging; and the changing work and gender orders of post-Fordist capitalism.




Round Table (in German)

September 27, 2017 - 6.30 p.m.

Exil in der österreichischen Gesellschaft

Republikanischer Club - Rockhgasse 1, 1010 Wien



Hazel Rosenstrauch (Kulturwissenschaftlerin, Publizistin)

Ljubomir Bratic (Archiv der Migration)

Lilijana Radonic (Politikwissenschaftlerin)

Ilker Ataç (Politikwissenschaftler)


Moderation: Ana Mijic

Institut für Soziologie
Universität Wien
Rooseveltplatz 2
1090 Wien

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