Women Mobilizing Memory: Collaboration and Co-Resistance

Monday, September 7, 2015 - Friday, September 18, 2015 Leroy Neiman Gallery and Buell Hall

In the context of its fourth international working group meeting, Women Mobilizing Memory presents an art exhibition and a conference. The public is cordially invited.

ART EXHIBITION: "INTIMATE ARCHIVES: CONNECTIVE HISTORIES" at the Leroy Neiman Gallery, September 7-18, 2015. 

New York artists Susan Meiselas, Lorie Novak, Simone Leigh, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed;
Berlin-based Armenian artist Silvina der Meguerditchian;
Santiago-based artist Paz Errazuriz;
and Istanbul artists Aylin Tekiner and the Truth Justice Memory Center.
Co-curators Isin Önöl and Katherine Cohn.

Opening Reception, September 8, 5-7 p.m.

Artists’ Roundtable, Moderated by Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts
7:30 – 9 p.m., East Gallery, Buell Hall.


Buell Hall, September 10, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Examining the politics of cultural memory from the perspective of social difference, this international conference will analyze strategies by which artists, scholars and activists have succeeded in mobilizing the memory of political and social violence to promote redress, social justice, and a democratic future. The conference features members of a multi-year transnational and interdisciplinary working group that is bringing to New York discussions generated in Chile and Turkey. Roundtables will address protest actions and their efficacy, ranging from the “Saturday Mothers” to “Black Lives Matter;” strategies for mobilizing political action around memory sites in Istanbul, Santiago and New York; and the ways in which lives touched by political violence and social death can be reanimated through writing and art. Exploring resonances and connections among divergent histories of violence, the conference will also explore the limits of such comparative work, while attempting to forge a feminist practice of solidarity and co-resistance.



Sponsors: Columbia's Center for the Study of Social Difference and its Women Creating Change Initiative; University Seminars; School of the Arts; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Columbia Global Centers; Oral History Research Office; Heyman Center for the Humanities; Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Department of English and Comparative Literature; Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies; Armenian Center; Barnard Center for Research on Women; Diversity and Community Affairs; Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics; Sabanci University.


  • Diana Taylor

    University Professor

    New York University

  • Jean Howard

    George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities

    Columbia University

  • Marianne Hirsch

    William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Alisa Solomon

    Professor & Director, Arts Concentration at Journalism School

    Columbia University

  • Meltem Ahiska

    Professor of Sociology

    Boğaziçi University

  • Nancy Kricorian

    Author and Activist

  • Carla Shedd

    Associate Professor of Urban Education

    CUNY Graduate Center

  • Andreas Huyssen

    Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Ayşe Gül Altınay

    Professor of Anthropology

    Sabancı University

  • Bürge Abiral

    PhD candidate in Anthropology

    Johns Hopkins University

  • María José Contreras

    Assistant Professor

    School of Theatre at the Catholic University

  • Deborah Willis

    University Professor

    New York University

  • Marita Sturken

    Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

    New York University

  • Tina Campt

    Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Barnard College

  • Hazel Carby

    Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies

    Yale University

  • Milena Grass


    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

  • Dilara Caliskan

    Graduate Student

    Sabanci University

  • Kellie Jones

    Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology

    Columbia University

  • Leo Spitzer

    Vernon Professor of History Emeritus

    Dartmouth College

  • Andrea Crow

    PhD Candidate in English

    Columbia University

  • Andrea Crow

    PhD Candidate in English

    Columbia University

  • Alyssa Greene

    PhD Candidate in Germanic Languages

    Columbia University

  • Alyssa Greene

    PhD Candidate in Germanic Languages

    Columbia University


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