Sara Jones on End

July 26, 7:30am - 9:00am BST. Hosted at Royal Pump Rooms

part of a series on End


About the speaker

Sara is a Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the ways in which individuals and societies remember and work through authoritarian pasts. A key aspect of that has been an interest in life stories and testimonies: the way that individuals give an account of themselves and their experiences and the different forms that can take.

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Sara is a Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the ways in which individuals and societies remember and work through authoritarian pasts. A key aspect of that has been an interest in life stories and testimonies: the way that individuals give an account of themselves and their experiences and the different forms that can take.

Sara’s talk will focus on her ongoing project “Testimony in Practice: Working with Stories of the Self and Others”, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project explores the ways in which telling life stories through art can be made politically and socially productive, with a focus on the history and memory Central and Eastern Europe and its end thirty years ago. There are two major outcomes of the project: 1) a collaboratively produced theatre production A Land Full of Heroes, which stages the life and literature of Romanian and German novelist, Carmen-Francesca Banciu; 2) an innovative sound-art installation produced in co-operation with Central and Eastern European Arts Space, Centrala and from testimonies gathered from Central and Eastern Europeans living in the UK. Both artworks ask/will ask questions about what the events of 1989 mean for those who lived through them, or through their aftermath, and what we can learn in 2019 from the (provisional) end of the division of Europe.