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PhD candidates take part in the second annual Memory Studies Association Conference in Copenhagen

The three PhD students all have research areas surrounding the remembrance of the Holocaust and presented their work at the conference this December

Amy Williams presenting her research paper
Amy Williams (Right) presenting her research paper at the conference

Three PhD students from the School of Arts and Humanities travelled to Copenhagen this December to take part in the annual Memory Studies Association conference.  Amy Williams, Hannah Wilson, and Elizabeth Kendrick all attended the three-day conference, hosted at the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Humanities.

The Memory Studies Association is a professional association for academics researching in the field of Memory Studies, as well as for those who are active in museums, memorial institutions, archives and any other fields associated with remembrance. This is the second time a conference has been held in order to bring the community together, the first taking place in Amsterdam in 2016.

Amy Williams presented her research paper surrounding the fictionalisation of the Kindertransports at the conference and took questions from other academics in the audience. Hannah Wilson also presented her poster which introduced her research on the materialisation of the Sobibor Death Camp in relation to artefacts, narratives and representation. All PhD candidates are focusing on the impact and legacy of the Holocaust in various ways and so relating their research more closely to the field of memory studies was extremely valuable.

The conference aimed to build on previous debates surrounding how to negotiate memories of events that have global significance, whilst also respecting and understanding specific local and national memories. In a globalised world, the conference explored legal and mental borders and the relationship between the personal, national and global.

Hannah with Memory Studies poster
Hannah Wilson with her research poster at the conference

The opportunity to attend the conference has been an extremely rewarding experience for all three PhD students, who will be using what they have learned in their research moving forward. Amy Williams told us: “The conference was a great opportunity to discuss our work with other academics in the field and it was amazing to receive feedback from these prominent researchers. I left the conference feeling really encouraged due to the feedback that I had received.”

She continued: “As a result of my talk I have been invited to give a paper at another conference next year to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports. My research is not only talking about a historical event but it also demonstrates how this memory is being used today.”

PhD candidates take part in the second annual Memory Studies Association Conference in Copenhagen

Published on 19 December 2017
  • Category: School of Arts and Humanities

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