Institutions of Memory: Documentary, Time and the Archive

A series of seminars exploring the archival practices of institutions of memory – such as museums, exhibitions, commemorative projects and memorial sites – and the time-based relation between the articulation of such documentary representation and their audiences.

These practices will be considered in light of contemporary thinking on spectators’ embodied experiences in place; the limits of the archive as a documentary source; an expanding representative field of collections as active and interactive; the relation of narrative forms to collective memory; the fault lines between intangible heritage, after-images and material culture.

The initial seminar meetings will be centred on readings selected to reflect on and provoke discussion on the first three themes:

Beyond Looking –  11 November 2016 RD006, Rathdown House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

Witness and Re-membering –  9 December 2016 Studio 5, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Witness and Re-membering –  3-5pm 24th February 2017, Studio 5, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Collections and Inclusivity – 24th March 2017, 10.00-12.00, Learning Resource Room, National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks Benburb Street, Dublin 7

The seminars are open to the public – including post-graduate students researching related disciplines and anyone working in connected industries or projects. The seminar will continue through the academic year until May 2017 and will be held at various venues around Dublin. The only requirement for attendance is to read through the suggested material in advance of seminars, as will be updated on this page.

For queries, bookings and circulation for texts for these seminars, please email

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