Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture

Archaeologies of Transition

19Apr2017 15:00 - 18:00


Dr. Ksenia Robbe, Assistant Professor at Leiden University for the Arts in Society, will present the next lecture in the AHM Lecture Series at 19 April 2017. Robbe’s lecture is titled ‘Archaeologies of Transition: Reanimating Archives and Re-inhabiting Urban Spaces in South African and Russian Visual Art’.

This AHM Lecture will discuss some recent practices of remembering ‘transition’ as a lived historical reality foregrounding its contradictions and potentialities, beyond temporalities positing a break or continuity with the past, in South Africa and Russia. Despite significant differences in discursive constructions of the transitional period, critical practices of challenging neoliberal hegemony in these societies expose similar mnemonic tendencies. Among these practices, Robbe will explore the ways in which visual art, including curatorial practices and artistic productions, reanimates neglected archives of the transitions.

This lecture is part of the faculty of Humanities honours programme seminar ‘Competing Memories’ and open for all university staff, MA & PhD students. Space is limited, so please register in advance via

Location: BG2, room 0.12, Turfdraagsterpad 15-17, Amsterdam.

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