Launch Event

 C.R.A.M. RESEARCH GROUP LAUNCH EVENT

The Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory (CRAM) research group will hold its launch event from 4pm on Wednesday 25 February 2015.  The event will take place in the Callaghan Lecture Theatre, James Callaghan Building, Swansea University.
There will be two keynote addresses:
 
‘History, Memory and Photography: The Case of the Liberation of Paris 70 Years On’
 
Professor Hanna Diamond, Cardiff University
 
‘Words, Bodies, and Practices: How to Study the History of Emotions’
 
Dr Joachim Häberlen, University of Warwick
Bydd y Grŵp Ymchwil Gwrthdaro, Ailadeiladu a Chof (CRAM) yn cynnal ei ddigwyddiad lansio am 4pm brynhawn Mercher 25 Chwefror 2015.  Cynhelir y digwyddiad yn Narlithfa Callaghan, Adeilad James Callaghan, Prifysgol Abertawe.  Cyflwynir dau anerchiad allweddol:
 
‘Hanes, Cof a Ffotograffiaeth: Rhyddhau Paris, 70 mlynedd yn ddiweddarach’
 
Yr Athro Hanna Diamond, Prifysgol Caerdydd
 
‘Geiriau, Cyrff ac Arferion:  Sut i astudio Hanes Emosiynau’
 
Dr Joachim Häberlen, Prifysgol Warwick

Abstracts

‘History, Memory and Photography: The Case of the Liberation of Paris 70 Years On’
 Professor Hanna Diamond, Cardiff University

In the weeks after the Liberation of Paris in August 1944, a triumphalist visual narrative of events emerged that was created and promoted by Parisian photographers, publishers and news editors. This narrative was presented to the public in a remarkable exhibition held at the Musée Carnavalet in October 1944. It has resurfaced at commemorative moments and celebrations throughout the postwar period. Despite the partial view it offers of events in historical terms, these powerful images continue to have a wide circulation. With a particular emphasis on the commemoration coverage in newspapers, exhibitions and publications as a part of the 70th anniversary last summer, this work-in-progress paper will ask what this visual narrative teaches us about photography as a vector of memory. How can photography inform history and what contribution can it can make to our understandings of memory construction?

‘Words, Bodies, and Practices: How to Study the History of Emotions’
Dr Joachim Häberlen, University of Warwick

Writing histories of emotions is among the more fashionable trends in the profession. But how can we do this? Is it ever possible to gain access to what people really feel insides their hearts (if that’s where they feel at all)? Lurking behind this is an even trickier question: What are emotions? We seem to know it – we all have feelings, after all – but does this help us to study emotions in the past?  In my talk, I will discuss various methodological approaches to the writing of a history of emotions which would make objections, such as that we can’t get access to people’s true inner feelings, look naïve.

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