Workshop: Memory of Atrocities in the Digital Age’– 2nd of December 2016, (Friday) 2-5 pm


KCL, Waterloo Campus, FWB 2.81

This event is part of a workshop series on methodologies and interdisciplinarity in exploring ‘Transnational Memory in the 21st Century’ organised by the Cultural Memory Studies Reading Group of King’s Culture, Media and Creative Industries and German Department. The first workshop is possible thanks to KISS-DTC funding.

Dr Matthew Boswell (University of Leeds) will open the workshop with an introductory lecture on ‘Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age’. Dr Boswell will discuss how the proliferation of digital technologies has impacted collective Holocaust memory and what the potential of these technologies is for institutional Holocaust memory once the survivors have passed away.

After Dr Boswell’s lecture, Dima Nashawi, MA student from the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, will present her research/storytelling project related to the broader topic of ‘Memory of Atrocities in the Digital Age’ (please see abstract below). The presentation will be followed by a response from Dr Boswell and a discussion open to all participants.

Tea/coffee and snacks will be provided during the workshop.

Dima Nashawi (Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, KCL) – abstract

A Pursuit of Light: Visual transmission of hidden stories in the Syrian conflict 

This project revolves around transmitting the current events in the Syrian conflict to the Syrian cultural memory. A process that involves transforming the collected stories into visual/textual art interpretation and storytelling performance.

The storytelling performance is a part of an academic based project, telling stories that are similar to the traditional folk stories in Syria. The stories embody real events or facts channeled through metaphor, symbolism, and a narrative that uses fantasy as a documentation of the Syrian cultural memory.

The telling of this story has a dual purpose. By documenting the stories of people who dream about positive change, freedom and a better world, this story aims to move beyond the narrative of violence and the failed revolution, to tell the real stories of people, of Syrians who were and are survivors.  It is crucial to preserve these stories, as otherwise they will be lost to us forever, swept away within the mainstream narrative that is being constructed by the global media. Also at last, it is an invitation to support the cause of peace and the protection of civilians in Syria.


If you would like to attend, please email We look forward to seeing you there!