blog posts A Partial Account (partial in both senses) of “Diasporic Memories, Comparative Methodologies,” a conference held in Urbana, Illinois on November 1-2, 2013 Dec 10, 2013 2:00 pm Sponsored by many entities, including the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Illinois, and serving as the second meeting of the Network in Transnational Memory Studies (NITMES), this international conference brought established researchers together in fruitful collaboration with emerging scholars and graduate students. Conference organizer Michael Rothberg and conference assistant Jessica Young, both of Illinois, invited participants to interrogate and develop the notion of “diasporic memory,” that is, the persistence and transformation of cultural memory outside of national borders, and to investigate the multiple ways that memory travels and is dispersed across place and time by forces like colonialism, immigration and state-sponsored violence. The conference’s participants deployed a variety of disciplinary methods, from anthropology and museum studies, to epidemiology and literary studies, and presented research on remarkably diverse histories, cultures and literatures that, in many cases, traverse continents and centuries. Welcome to Days and Memory, the HGMS blog! Dec 8, 2013 2:45 pm We are pleased to welcome you to Days and Memory, the blog of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (HGMS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. HGMS provides a platform for cutting-edge, comparative research, teaching, and public engagement related to genocide, trauma, and collective memory. We hope that this blog will serve as an opportunity to publicize and report on our local activities and to provide space for wide-ranging, open discussion of issues pertinent to genocide, trauma, and memory studies. The title of the blog is drawn from the brilliant Holocaust survivor and writer, Charlotte Delbo, whose book Days and Memory remains an innovative cornerstone of Holocaust literature.