Intersections of Ethics and Aesthetics in Theorizing Narrative and Memory
Winter 2019, Turku, Finland
This symposium will focus on different theoretical approaches to the intersections of ethics and aesthetics in conceptualizing narrative and memory. Aesthetic commitments – which may emphasise, for example, narrative coherence or incoherence, the ineffability or communicability of traumatic experiences – are never ethically neutral. The symposium explores the complex ways in which the aesthetic and the ethical are intertwined in processes and practices of narrating the past in Nordic, Baltic, and broader European contexts.
Fragmented Memory: War, Refugee Crisis, and Narratives of Displacement
This symposium will explore memory within the context of forced displacement, asking how traumatic or incomplete narratives are woven, shared, or at times silenced. We examine the immediate constructions of narratives of absence and loss during displacement, and the consequences of subsequent narrative gaps or (re)negotiations. We also investigate the possibilities for enabling the voicing of such narratives within and across communities – the physical connections and disconnections, the digital technologies, and the multi-sensory interactions that might be opened up through storytelling and listening practices.