Exploring economies of memory in an age of global capitalism
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Terri Tomsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research examines memory politics in postcolonial and post-socialist literatures. Her essays on cultural memory, trauma, postcolonial studies, and human rights have appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Life Writing, parallax, Biography, and various book collections. Her current book project theorizes the interplay of cosmopolitanism and abjection within the context of global terrorism, and focuses in particular on the figure of the enemy combatant. She is also the co-editor, with Eddy Kent (University of Alberta) of Negative Cosmopolitanism (McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming), a volume of essays which investigate the relationship between cosmopolitanism, neoimperialism, and the unequal effects of a globalized political economy.
Susanne Luhmann is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. She publishes on a range of different topics in sexuality studies, queer and feminist pedagogy, the institutionalization of Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as German cultural memory. Her work has appeared in journals such Topia, Yearbook of Women in German, and New German Critique and she is a co-author of Troubling Women’s Studies: Pasts, Presents, Possibilities (2004). Luhmann is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Domesticating the Nazi Past: Gender, Generation and the Familial Turn in Recent German Memory, which studies the ways in which various cultural forms (autobiography, documentary film, museum’s exhibits) restage, recover, and narrate legacies of Nazi perpetration from within the space of private and family life.