The Discursive-Material Knot and Participatory Struggle over Memory

  • Datum: –10.00
  • Plats: Evolutionsbiologiskt centrum Ekmansalen
  • Föreläsare: Nico Carpentier
  • Webbsida
  • Arrangör: POEM Network
  • Kontaktperson: Inge Zwart
  • Telefon: 0184717901
  • Föreläsning

Join the POEM network for a public lecture by Dr. Nico Carpentier on discursive and material components of participation.

The talk starts from the 2017 book "The discursive-material knot" (DMK) (see to reflect on both the material and discursive components of participation, and how they are entangled. The talk will then focus on participatory theory (offering a re-reading through the lenses of the discourse-material knot) and the two main (and competing) models that conceptualize participation, namely participation-as-taking-part and participation-as-sharing-power. In the third part of the talk, this discussion on participation will then be illustrated through the struggles over the memorialization of the Cyprus Problem, and how both interactions and participations can offer forms of resistance towards the hegemonic antagonistic ways of remembering.

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About the Speaker

Nico Carpentier is Docent at Charles University in Prague; he also holds part-time positions at Uppsala University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - Free University of Brussels). Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology and Loughborough University. Earlier, he was ECREA Treasurer (2005-2012) and Vice-President (2008-2012), and IAMCR Treasurer (2012-2016). Currently, he is Chair of the Participatory Communication Research Section at IAMCR. His latest books are The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation (2017, Peter Lang, New York); Cyprus and its Conflicts. Representations, Materialities, and Cultures (2018, co-edited), Critical Perspectives on Media, Power and Change (2018, co-edited), Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy (2019, edited), and Communication and Discourse Theory (2019, co-edited).


About POEM

POEM is a research training network of 7 institutions across Europe. POEM stands for Participatory Memory Work (PMW). PMW takes place in libraries, archives, and museums, as well as within individuals and groups in everyday life. Memory institutions increasingly experiment with participatory approaches to include diverse memories across social situations. Simultaneously, new memory ecologies with networked media infrastructures emerged in our mediatized, globally connected societies. This participatory turn in memory work, in institutions and outside, offline and online, is complicated and challenging. The POEM network addresses the challenges, providing robust knowledge for cultural policy, memory institutions, and civil society.


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