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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

Schutzsuchende ohne schützenden Ort, oder was es heißt "sein Zuhause zu verlieren"

Theater Brett - Münzwardeingasse 2, 1060 Wien

Vortrag in französischer Sprache mit englischer Übersetzung



Das Phänomen der erzwungenen Migration enteignet die Menschen ihres „Zuhauses“ (foyer). Ohne Zuhause zerbricht das Leben. Es verliert seine Einheit und seine Bedeutung. Millionen von Menschen teilen die Erfahrung einer von temporären Unterkünften geprägten Realität nach der Flucht. Der Vortrag wirft grundlegende Fragen auf, die sich im Zusammenhang mit dieser Erfahrung stellen: An einen Ort zu gelangen, der physischen Schutz bietet, aber kein Zuhause – als Ort der Erzeugung eines guten und sicheren Lebens – begründet.

Smaïn Laacher ist Professor für Soziologie an der Universität Strasbourg und Forschungsdirektor am „Centre Constructions de l’Europe, mobilités et frontières“.




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, Seminarraum 1 - 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, Seminarraum 1 - 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


Podiumsdiskussion im Rahmen der Marie Jahoda Summer School mit

Hazel Rosenstrauch (Kulturwissenschaftlerin, Publizistin)

Ljiljana Radonić (Politikwissenschaftlerin)

Ilker Ataç (Politikwissenschaftler)


Moderation: Ana Mijić


Die Erfahrung von Exil – als möglicher Ausdruck erzwungener Migration, von Flucht, Vertreibung, Verfolgung oder Deportation – ist inhärenter Aspekt der österreichischen Gesellschaft. Wo wird in Österreich Exilerfahrung sichtbar, historisch und gegenwärtig und mit Verweis auf die Zukunft? Und welche Erfahrungen von Exil werden unsichtbar gemacht? Wie lässt sich Exil verstehen, auch in Abgrenzung und Überschneidung zu anderen Formen der Migration? Welches Spannungsfeld ergibt sich zwischen Exilgedächtnis und dominantem Gedächtnis? Und wie verändert sich der Zusammenhang von Exil und Gedächtnis im Zeitverlauf und Generationswechsel?

Institut für Soziologie
Universität Wien
Rooseveltplatz 2
1090 Wien

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