Our dual concern at the Cultural Identity and Memory Studies Institute (CIMS) is to explore cultural identity and cultural memory: that is, the investigation of the diverse textual constructs and creations (e.g. traditions, myths, literary canons, and political institutions) by which national and other cultural groups represent, criticise, renew and repurpose their sense of identity and memory.

Upcoming events


Cultural Memory, Identity and Images

The Cultural Identity and Memory Studies Institute is pleased to invite you to its annual postgraduate symposium, entitled ‘Cultural Memory, Identity and Images’, on Monday 13 May. The event aims to showcase the diversity of postgraduate research across the University about memory, identity, and images.

Postgraduate students from any discipline are warmly invited to join us for this day-long event, in person or online. For In-person attendance, advance registration is required, please sign up at https://events.st-andrews.ac.uk/events/cims-pg-symposium-2024-cultural-memory-identity-and-images/.


10:15 –10:30 Welcome

10:30 – 11:30
Keynote Lecture by Professor Gregory Lee
“Absent Image, the Image of Absence ”

11:30 – 11:40 Coffee Break

11:40 – 12:40 Postgraduate Presentation
By Benjamin Ong (School of School of Geography & Sustainable Development), Mathilde Lyons (School of Modern Languages), Dong Xia(School of English)

12: 40- 1:40 Lunch

1:40 – 3:00 Postgraduate Presentation- Online Panel
Anna Coopey (University of Oxford), Wambua Muindi (The University of Nairobi ), Oksana Sakhatska(Bogdan Khmelnitsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University), Maksym Rutkovsky (Bogdan Khmelnitsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University)

3:00-3:10 Coffee Break

3:10 — 4:30 Postgraduate Presentation 2
Aswin Sasi (School of Physics and Astronomy), Aimee Capraro (School of Modern Languages), Runyuan Bai(School of Modern Languages), Kateryna Volochniuk (School of Art History)

4:30 — 4:40 Coffee Break

4:40 — 6:00 Workshop — “From Cinegraphic Poetics to Poetic Cinema: Serhii Paradzhanov’s Interpretation of ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’ by Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky”, lead by Dr Nadiia Akulova.

We look forward to seeing you then!





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