Debating Multidirectional Memory

Friday 13 January 2012, 2.00PM to 6.00pm

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Rothberg, University of Illinois

The event is organised by the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP) with the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) in partnership with The Centre for Modern Studies (CModS) and other departments.  This event is generously sponsored by CModS.

This lecture is to launch the success of IPUP and CAHR funding for 'Translating Freedom' as an AHRC Research Network for 2012, which has emerged out of the intellectual discussions in the IPUP seminar over the past two years and our recent reading group called 'Translating Freedom'.

'Translating Freedom' is delighted to host Michael Rothberg, Professor of English and Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies at the University of Illinois and author of books including 'Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization'.  

  • 2.00pm-3.30pm: Public Lecture by Michael Rothberg, Bowland Auditorium, "Grandpa Was No Nazi": Migration and Multidirectional Memory in Contemporary Germany.  No tickets necessary. 
  • 4.00-6.00pm: Roundtable discussion of multidirectional memory, BS/008.  This roundtable will be a closed meeting (by invitation only) but please get in touch with Paul Gready, CAHR ( or Helen Weinstein, IPUP ( if you would like to participate.

For further information and readings on the "Translating Freedom" theme please go to the IPUP website

Location: Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building