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2016/17 research seminar programme

Semester 2

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Tuesday 23 May 2017
Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES)
Katya Rogachevskaya (Lead Curator East European Studies at the British Library)
'Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths. Exhibition at the British Library'
Exhibition curator Katya Rogatchevskaia will give a virtual tour of the exhibition, tell insight stories of the most interesting objects and reflect on the process of putting together a major exhibition  to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in the British national Library.
5pm, Buchanan Building room 216

Thursday-Friday, 25-26 May 2017
An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Cultural Memory: Memory, Nation, Race
With the participation of Prof Alison Landsberg (George Mason University)
St Salvator's Quad, Room 31

Friday 26 May 2017
Public Lecture
The University of St Andrews Cultural Memory Research Group, in association with the Cultural Identity Studies Institute (CISI), presents:
Professor Alison Landsberg
‘Post Post-racial America’
2016 witnessed a seismic shift in the racial landscape of the United States. The prevailing discourse about a ‘post-racial America’, though always, in the words of Catherine Squires, a ‘mystique’, was firmly and finally extinguished with the election of Donald J. Trump. While race, in the form of racial prejudice, was erupting in Trump’s political rhetoric and in the rhetoric of his supporters, race was being spoken in a very different way by social movements such as Black Lives Matter and by a series of new mass cultural texts. Less than two months before election day, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington DC. The struggle over race, the museum asserts, is the defining narrative of America, the fundamental contradiction that constitutes the nation. Through its strategic use of images, objects and voiceovers, the museum creates what Jacques Rancière calls ‘dissensus’, recasting the ‘distribution of the sensible’. The museum, in its very presence on the National Mall, its provocative display strategies and its narrative, puts into action something like the political. In a somewhat different way, the 2017 horror film Get Out also heralds the post post-racial. Like the museum, the film makes an intervention into the ‘distribution of the sensible’, performing political work by reimagining what can be seen, said, and thought. Alison Landsberg is Professor of History and Cultural Studies at GeorgeMason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is the author of Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia UP, 2015) and Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 2004) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her research on film, television and museums has focused on the modes of engagement they solicit from individuals and the possibilities therein for the production and acquisition of empathy, memory, and historical knowledge in the public sphere.
5 pm, Parliament Hall, South Street