Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Masterclass: “Transmedial/Transcultural Memories: Points of Convergence” (Birkbeck, University of London, 29 November 2014)
“I was deeply impressed by the Q&A session and Marianne and Susan’s ability to engage with participants and eloquently and pragmatically address such diverse issues.”
— Amber Shields (University of St Andrews)
“I felt very privileged to be there and found the whole morning very thought-provoking and stimulating…. I especially enjoyed listening to Susan and Marianne explain their research, the opportunity to ask specific questions, and the chance to meet and speak with other people doing research in different fields but along similar lines.”
— Lucia Llano Puertas (Goldsmiths, University of London)
On Saturday 29 November 2014 the Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network held a free half-day masterclass on the topic of transmedial/transcultural Ottoman memories for postgraduate students and early career researchers, led by theorist of postmemory, Marianne Hirsch (Professor, Columbia University) and archivist/creator of aka Kurdistan, Susan Meiselas (Magnum photographer). The class focused on the ways in which transcultural memories become crucially translated across various media, including trans-modal forms, e.g. in combination with websites and books, films and exhibitions. The class also explored the nature of disputed memories and representations of particular attachments to land and place in spite of histories of trauma and exile. The second half of the day was dedicated to performances by storytellers and cultural activists who practise differing creative modalities of articulating transcultural Ottoman memories. For details on the afternoon storytelling event, click here.