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IAS Collaborative Reframing Mass Violence presents Alejandro Baer

Date: 02/20/2014

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location: 1-109 Herbert M Hanson, Jr Hall

Cost: Free


The Collective Memory of Mass Atrocities
A talk by Alejandro Baer, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, U of M

“Postmemory”, “multi-directional memory” and “cosmopolitan memory” are terms used by contemporary scholars to describe the changing nature of the practices of remembrance in post-conflict societies. We will look at the emerging modes of traumatic memory production, circulation and consumption in a globalized context, which are highly conditioned by the language of the Holocaust. The Jewish genocide serves as powerful symbol and also as a cognitive model—a script—for structuring and framing the events of a troubling past. What are its effects on social relations and individual subjects?

Session 3 in the public, one-credit course Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.


  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, Reframing Mass Violence, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Human Rights Program

More information: http://ias.umn.edu/2014/02/20/baer/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the IAS.

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