Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Generations and Memory: Temporality and the Media

 9 febbraio 2017

Seminar of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts

​Thursday 9 February 2.30pm-5.30pm 
Friday 10 February 9.30am-12.30pm
Room SA.326 Ramorino
Via S. Agnese 2 - Milano
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

The themes of generations, time and memory are interrelated in complex webs of interconnections. Generational theory deals with social processes and mediatised change, processes that also can be said to produce time. In this process of ‘generationing’, memories of past experiences, often tainted with nostalgia, are an important ingredient, where people situated in the same place in the historical process share past remembrances. Such remembrances can be formed around ‘media events’, or be focussed on media technologies or contents from one’s formative years. Social memory is also characterized by the encounters between different generational memories, as well as of institutionalized forms of memory (top-down: documentary and historical reconstructions and new forms of digital storage; bottom-up: the repertoires, collections, nostalgic blogs...). These encounters also produce time, where the memories of specific generations (or generation units) are relationally situated to other memories. The workshop seeks to bring together the temporal aspects of generation theory and of memory formation in order to better understand the temporal categories of experience, and of social existence more generally.


Giovanni BOCCIA ARTIERI Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo

Göran BOLIN Södertön University (Sweden)

Alice CATI Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Fausto COLOMBO Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Elisabetta LOCATELLI Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Francesca PASQUALI Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Michele SORICE Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli

Nicoletta VITTADINI Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore