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Creation and postmemory

International conference

April 10-12, 2013
Columbia University

Conference organizers :
Soko Phay-Vakalis
Pierre Bayard

In collaboration with :
Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University)
François Cornilliat (Rutgers University)


The conference will examine how the arts and other creative forms harness indirect memory and ensure its transmission through a variety of archives and traces.


The aftermath of mass murders is felt not only by the victims and their families but also by their descendants, who find themselves in the paradoxical situation of suffering the psychological effects of events they did not experience themselves.


Since postmemory is unable to draw on precise recollections, great importance is given to imagination and creation. Art has a major part to play in this process, since in some cases it is only through the works created by survivors that subsequent generations can access the traumatic event. Art also constitutes an ideal means for later generations to attempt to imagine an unknown past and discover its implications in their lives.


Although the Cambodian genocide will be the primary focus, other genocides of the 20th century, such as the Holocaust and the Armenian and Rwandan genocides, will be discussed in a comparative perspective.



Labex Arts-H2H

Le Laboratoire d’excellence des arts et médiations humaines est lauréat des Investissements d’avenir depuis 2011. Dans ce cadre, les membres développent des recherches selon trois axes majeurs : situations, technologies, hybridations.

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