Third Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association

Conference, 25-28 June 2019, Madrid, Spain

Registration for the Third Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association is now open! You can register here:

The conference features keynotes by Aleida Assmann, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Patricio Guzmán. Hosting over 350 research panels, 13 roundtables and special sessions, a mini film-festival, theatre performances and exhibitions the conference addresses a number of crucial themes within memory studies. The Memory Studies Association aims to provide the main annual networking opportunity for scholars and practitioners in the field. Speakers include Elisabeth Jelin, Astrid Erll, Susannah Radstone, Marianne Hirsch, Darlene St.Clair, Jie-Hyun Lim, Ciraj Rassool and many others. You can check out our preliminary programme here:

In addition to a PhD training school and events organized by various Working Groups, we are offering a limited-spot methodology workshop, as well as 15 Masterclasses on different methodological approaches. Find more information here. The main conference kicks off at 6 PM on June 25th with Aleida Assmann’s keynote address. On June 29th there is the possibility to join an excursion to the Valley of the Fallen.

And whether or not you can attend the conference, we invite you to become a member of the Memory Studies Association, which will also allow you to participate on one of its many working or regional groups.

For any questions, you can contact <>

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Best wishes,

Aline Sierp, Jenny Wüstenberg & Jeffrey Olick (Co-Presidents Memory Studies Association)
Francisco Ferrándiz, María García Alonso, Marije Hristova & Johanna Vollmeyer (Local Organizers)


Full programme available here:

Keynote Sessions

Keynote by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize 2016
[ENGLISH with simultaneous translation]

Keynote by Aleida Assmann, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2018
[ENGLISH with simultaneous translation]

Roundtable Connecting Memory Traditions Around the World
With: Astrid Erll (chair), Susannah Radstone, Darlene St.Clair, Jie-Hyun Lim , Ciraj Rassool
[ENGLISH with simultaneous translation]

Film screening of Nostalgia for the light with a Q&A with Patricio Guzmán (Alison Ribeiro de Menezes)
[SPANISH with simultaneous translation]
Parallel keynote panels

Roundtable How to Publish in Memory Studies
[ENGLISH with simultaneous translation]

Roundtable Memory Politics in 21st-Century Spain in the 80th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War (1936-1939)
[SPANISH with simultaneous translation]

Roundtable Memory and Museums
[BILINGUAL with simultaneous translation]

Roundtable 25 years since Rwanda’s Genocide
[ENGLISH with simultaneous translation]

Roundtable Institutional Memory Politics
[ENGLISH with simultaneous translation]

Special Sessions

Roundtable Art Textures in Spanish Memory Politics
[SPANISH with simultaneous translation]

Q&A with Elizabeth Jelin (with Lidia Mateo Leivas)
[SPANISH with simultaneous translation]

Q&A with Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former General Director of UNESCO (with Carlos Giménez)
[SPANISH with simultaneous translation]

Conversation between Marianne Hirsch & Mirta Kupferminc
[ENGLISH with simultaneous translation]
Lunch treats

Theatre by Micomicón Company (26 June 2019, 2-3 pm – during lunch)
Performance by Joanna Craveiro (27 June 2019, 2-3 pm – during lunch)
Archaeological walk with Alfredo González-Ruibal (The Civil War at the University)
Arts program

Film festival parallel to the program, performances and more
Other activities

29 June 2019, 10am-2pm:
Excursion to the Valley of the Fallen (self-pay)

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