Translating Freedom Reading Group
This research project focuses on translations of 'freedom' in post-conflict settings. Translations of 'freedom' as democracy, human rights, revolution, reconciliation, or in some other form, are a vital component of internal national debates, external interventions and links between the two in such settings. Two sectors have been identified as central to the translation of 'freedom' in post-conflict settings: 1) human rights and transitional justice; 2) public culture, ranging from literature, film and theatre to community arts projects, graffiti and memorialisation. As such, translations of ' freedom' are situated at the intersection of institutions and norms on the one hand, and public debate and creativity on the other. Four country case-studies have been selected for initial attention: Egypt, Northern Ireland, Rwanda and South Africa. The four countries are at different stages on the post-conflict continuum, and provide a diverse set of challenges for the translation of 'freedom' in the sectors outlined above.
Ziad Elmarsafy, Department of English and Related Literatures
Paul Gready, Centre for Applied Human Rights
Martin Jones, Centre for Applied Human Rights
Audra Mitchell, Department of Politics
Zoe Norridge, Department of English and Related Literatures
John Schofield, Department of Archaeology
Merran Toerien, Department of Sociology
Lars Waldorf, Centre for Applied Human Rights
Helen Weinstein, Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past
Debating Multidirectional Memory and the Holocaust with Professor Michael Rothberg
Friday 13th January 2012
2-6pm, HRC, Berrick Saul building
Organised by IPUP and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) in partnership with the Centre for Modern Studies (CMoDS). This lecture will launch "Translating Freedom" as an AHRC Research Network for 2012, emerging out of the intellectual discussions held in the IPUP Seminar series over the past two years and our more recent reading group "Translating Freedom".
We are delighted to host Michael Rothberg, Professor of English, Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, and author of books including "Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization".
||Public Lecture by Michael Rothberg:"Grandpa Was No Nazi": Migration and Multidirectional Memory in Contemporary Germany
Venue: Bowland Lecture Theatre (free event, not ticketed)
Tea and coffee in HRC foyer
||Roundtable discussion of multidirectional memory, in Room BS/008 (a closed meeting by invitation only, but please be in touch with Paul Gready at CAHR or Helen Weinstein at IPUP if you would like to participate)
For your diaries for 2012, please note the following dates:
Monday seminars 1-3pm, in the Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, organized by IPUP and CAHR:
For more details contact email@example.com
or Helen Weinstein at IPUP firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 3rd October, 1pm to 3pm: "Translating and Vernacularizing"
Lars Waldorf (Centre for Applied Human Rights)
Venue: Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building
- Eva Hoffman, Introduction in Eva Hoffman, ed., The Inner Lives of Cultures (London: Counterpoint, 2011), pp. 5-9 download pdf
- Sally Engle Merry, Transnational Human Rights and Local Activism: Mapping the Middle, American Anthropologist 108 (1) 2006, pp. 38-51 download pdf
- Michael Rothberg, Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009), pp. 1-12 download pdf
Tuesday 6th September, 1pm to 3pm: "Translation"
Martin Jones (Centre for Applied Human Rights)
Venue: Lakeside Room, Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East
This workshop has as its focus the act of "translation" as it relates to our topic and our individual case studies and is led by Martin Jones who thought it might be useful to circulate a couple of readings in advance and, after discussion and agreement with Ahmad, have come up with the following:
- "Languages in Paradise" by Umberto Eco (from his "Serendipities") - download pdf
- Charles Larson's brief "Heroic Ethnocentrism" (excerpted from his longer article on the topic) - download pdf
- A report from the NYT on the act of resistance of an interpreter in US deportation proceedings (I have a copy of the longer essay mentioned in the article so please let me know if you would be interested in a copy) - download pdf
- Finally, in playing with Frost's assertion, that "poetry is what is what gets lost in translation", here is a poem about translation and that which is lost: James Merrill's "Lost in Translation" (which, in a nod that Eco would appreciate, was published in his "Divine Comedies").
Thursday 14th July, 1pm to 3pm: "Freedom"
Paul Gready, Centre for Applied Human Rights and Helen Weinstein, Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past
Venue: Lakeside Room, Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East
Navigating the Past – IPUP's Research Seminar
IPUP is hosting an interdisciplinary discussion group twice a term, to which all who are interested are invited. The group meets as a brown-bag lunch in the Humanities Research Centre on the ground floor of the new Berrick Saul Building. See below for this term’s programme, and a list of past seminars.
Monday 6th June, 1.15pm - 2.15pm
Contemporary Art or Heritage? - Devices for Public Engagement with the Past and the Present
Nuala Morse (Department of Geography, Durham University) and Helen Weinstein (Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past)
Venue: Berrick Saul, BS/008
Readings (copies will be available to borrow at IPUP office BSB/120):
- Parr, C. 2006, Public Art:: its role as a medium for interpretation, in Hems, A. and Blockley, M. R. (eds) Heritage Interpretation (pp.123-141) (available in JBM library)
- Putnam, J. 2001, Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium, chapter x (available in JBM library)
- Fred Wilson and Howard Halle, 1993, Grand Street, 44 (pp.151-172) (available on JSTOR)
- Pollock, V.L. and Sharp, J.P,, 2007, Constellations of identity: place-ma(r)king beyond heritage, in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 25(6) (pp.1061-1078)
Helen Weinstein's Historyworks film of "Five Sisters":
Monday 16th May, 1.15pm - 2.15pm
Bodies of Evidence, Bodies of Memory: Memorialisation and the Genocide in Rwanda
Zoe Norridge (Department of English) and Lars Waldorf (Centre for Applied Human rights)
Venue: Berrick Saul, BS/008
- Philip Gourevitch, We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, London: Picador, 2000 (1998), Part 1, Chapter 1 (pp.15-24)
- Veronique Tadjo, The Shadow of Imana, Oxford: Heinemann, 2002 (2000), Part 1, extract from "Nyamata Church" to "On the road to Butare" (pp.11-17)
- Clea Koff, The Bone Woman, London: Atlantic Books, 2004, Part 1, Chapter entitled "Thank you very much for your work" (pp.78-89)
- Paul Williams, Memorial Museums: The Global Rush to Commemorate, Oxford: Berg, 2007, Chapter 2: "The Surviving Object: Presence and Absence in Memorial Museums"
Monday 28th February 2011, 1.15pm – 2.15pm
Walking on the Dead: Marketing and Interpreting Traumatic History The Case of Clifford’s Tower
David Thomas, Interpretation Officer (North), English Heritage
The seminar was followed by a visit to Clifford’s Tower.
Wednesday 2nd February 2011, 2.30pm–4pm
Venue: The Yorkshire Museum
A ‘Navigating the Past’ workshop led by Andrew Morrison, YMT Head Curator, Yorkshire Museum.
This idea came about as a result of Andrew’s discussion at IPUP's Navigating the Past Seminar about the challenges at the museum for finding a narrative arc for the medieval galleries and appropriate object labels.
The workshop was designed for our IPUP intern programme, to explore issues about interpretation. We were pleased to be joined by a group of IPUP interns and also by the Sensory Stories students so that all could learn about the challenges of interpretation in the medieval galleries under the leadership of the Curator, Andrew Morrison, and the IPUP Director, Helen Weinstein.
Monday 22nd November 2010
Embrace the Margins: Adventures in Archaeology and Contemporary Homelessness
John Schofield, Cultural Heritage Management, York
- Kiddey, R. and Schofield, J. (2010) Digging for Invisible People. British Archaeology 113, 18-23.
- BBC Inside Out West film accessible online by this link
- Zimmerman, L., Singleton, C. and Welch, J. (2010) Activism and creating a translational archaeology of homelessness. World Archaeology 42(3), 443-454.
Monday 25th October 2010
The Yorkshire Museum Refit: Did It Let the Light In?
Andrew MorrisonCurator of Archaeology, Yorkshire Museum
1st June 2010: Narrative, Story and Representations of the Past
Led by Professor Helen Weinstein (IPUP) and Professor Lawrence Rainey (English)
- Seminar Report
- Recommended reading: Robert McKee, ‘Story : Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting’ (Methuen, 1999), Part 2: ‘The Elements of Story’, p 31 to p 67 (photocopy available from IPUP p/h in the History Dept Office, or pop in and borrow a copy from IPUP office BS 120)
McKee explaining ‘Classical’ story design:
A MckKee seminar as imagined in the film ‘Adaptation’:
4th May 2010: Traumatic History and The Historians
Led by Tea Sindbaek
16th February 2010: Human Rights and Contested Pasts
Led by Paul Gready (Applied Human Rights)
19th January 2010: Cultures of dissent: from biography to oral history
Led by Geoffrey Wall (English)
24th November 2009: Re-enactment and Narrative
Led by Adam Gutteridge (IPUP)
20th October 2009: Commemoration and the Traumatic Past
Led by Geoff Cubitt (History)