Seminar: ‘Dig for Victory! Memory, media, and new ecological subjectivities’

Title: Seminar: ‘Dig for Victory! Memory, media, and new ecological subjectivities’
Location: Seminar room G7, 10-11 Pavilion Parade annex, Grand Parade site, University of Brighton
Description:

Rebecca’s abstract:

As the credit crunch bites and the ecological crisis looms, popular cultural references to Second World War home front policies have become widespread, from ‘make do and mend’ to the return (in Jamie Oliver’s latest show) of the Ministry of Food. Perhaps most insistent is the call to ‘dig for victory’, a discourse that invokes memories of the wartime response to food shortages with a view to promoting ‘sustainable living’ today. My paper addresses this particular articulation of past to present in the context of debates in cultural studies about ‘ambivalent’ or anti-consumerism. I will focus in particular on the task of understanding the role of ‘memory’ and history in the constitution of new, potentially radical, subjectivities.

Dr Rebecca Bramall is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in the School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences, University of Brighton. Her research has focused on questions of amnesia in critical theory, and the politics and ethics of remembering and forgetting.

I heard a version of this presentation a couple of months ago at the Cultural Memory seminar at the IGRS and found it very stimulating. Highly recommended!

[to request door entry code, email g.dawson [at] bton.ac.uk]
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2009-04-29
End Time: 20:00

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