By Barbara Spadaro
The Centre for Postcolonial Studies launched its new Postcolonial Seas research seminar series on 10 March 2016 with a talk by Dr Barbara Spadaro (University of Bristol). Here, Dr Spadaro reflects on the polyphony of memory and the deterritorialisation of research practices.
Memory landscapes are fluid. Streams of narratives flow through national and cultural borders. The mnemonic qualities of the sea are being explored in an expanding range of art and documentary projects, from John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea to Hajra Waheed’s Sea Change, to Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button. These are inspiring works for scholars that engage with the mobility of memory in contemporary culture. The new Postcolonial Seas seminar series at the Centre for Postcolonial Studies seemed just the perfect forum to share my work on Italian memory, which I carry out as member of a large AHRC Research Project on mobility, identity and translation in modern Italian cultures: Transnationalizing Modern Languages (TML).