Achille Mbembe, Sarah Nuttall and Jane Taylor to appear at Entanglements and Aftermaths
12 Feb 2018
PEN SA members Achille Mbembe, Sarah Nuttall and Jane Taylor will take part in Entanglements and Aftermaths: Reflections on Memory and Political Time, a conference convened by WiSER. The conference will be held on 22–24 February 2018.
Entanglements and Aftermaths will investigate connections between histories that persist into the present and reflect on the role of memory in our understanding of political time. Do histories end when they are declared to end, or do they have an afterlife that makes it difficult to distinguish the past from the present? What is the role played by silence, repression and absence as technologies of forgetting? How are reparations claims shaped by the politics of memory? When and under what circumstances do the trials of memory, invested with the injunction to justice, turn from matters of personal or public healing to a reiteration of violence? These are just some of the questions that the conference will pose and confront across a wide range of sessions.
The full conference programme – which also features Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Penny Siopis and a number of visiting academics from the US, UK and Turkey – can be found here. (PDF download)