Tampere Hub

Reconfiguring Timespaces of Childhood 

20-21 October 2021



A conference held at Tampere-talo, Tampere and online, October 20-21, 2021

*All times are given in Eastern European Summer Time*


Wednesday, October 20

8:30–9:00 Arrival and welcome on-site (coffee and tea)

9:00–10:30 Session 1: Weaving Memory Stories of Nature

Hanna Sjögren: Archived childhood. Memories of nature

Anna Kathryn Kendrick: Solitude Child-Poet

Riikka Hohti & Tuure Tammi: Multispecies storytelling and inhuman memory. Fostering materialdiscursive mutations in ethnographic research in the Anthropocene

10:30–10:45 Break

10:45–12:15 Session 2 Panel: A Past Awaiting a Present to do it Justice: Childhood memories in the Middle East

Leyla Neyzi: Past’s Futures in a Disillusioned Present: Childhood Memories of Kurdish Youth

Heidi Morrison: The Dignity of a Story: Portraiture as a Method of Decriminalizing Palestinian Childhood Memories

Arek Dakessian: Childhood Memories in Beirut’s Dilapidated Histories

12:15–11:30 Break

12:30–13:30 Session 3 (two parallel sessions)

The Sticky Spaces of Childhood

Nadezhda Vasileva: The materiality of the past in the present: Remembering school toilets and post-Soviet girlhood

Vendula Hnídková: Playgrounds and transformations of nature in the Cold War

Entangled Politics of Childhood

Mehmet Volkan Kaşıkçı: From Kazakhstan with happiness: The myth of happy childhood and its reception in Kazakhstan

Monica Ruethers: Photographs of children and young people in Russian (counter)narratives on the 90s

13:30–14:15 Lunch Break

14:15–15:45 Session 4 (two parallel sessions)

On Meaningful Work and Eco-Ethical Responsibility: Memories of Childhood and Education in Urban and Rural Contexts

Agnes Krynski: Tying back the Iron Curtain: An autoethnography of childhood memories of informal and formal educational experiences in two bordering lifeworlds

Rebecca Martusewicz: On learning eco-ethical virtues: Childhood memories of meaningful work, love, and responsibility

Barbara Turk Niskač: Exploring more-than-human sociality and meaning making through work embedded rural lifestyles

On Belonging: Weaving Childhood Memories Across Generations and Times

E Lev Feinman: Performing Childhood: How Transgender Adults Are Nurturing Their Inner (Trans) Child through Age-Play

Meighan Mantei: Affective assemblages: Land, resources and belonging

John H. McKendrick: Thank goodness for poverty. Professional footballers recollections on growing up in Scotland

15:45–16:00 Break

16:00–17:00 Session 5 Online Trans Hub Opening: Tentacular Anarchive: Memories of Childhood through Scholarly, Pedagogical, and Artistic Engagements

MnemoZin: Digital anarchive: (Re)stor(y)ing Cold War childhoods

Elena Jackson Albarran: Anarchive, oral histories, and teaching comparative Cold War childhoods across geographies and generations

Raisa Foster: Anarchive and artistic research

17:00–19:00 Kaleidoscope: Children of the Cold War exhibition

Guided visit in the Kaleidoscope: Children of the Cold War exhibition at 18:00–18:30

19:00-21:00 Dinner


Thursday, October 21

8:30–9:00 Arrival onsite (coffee and tea)

9:00–10:30 Session 6: Entangled Webs of Emotions, Migration, and Women’s Rights

Mette Buchardt, Katarina Kärnebro & Christina Osbeck: “Outer space” as secular Cold War spirituality? Children’s drawings and texts on “life questions” in the 1980s welfare-state Sweden in a history of emotion perspective

Gordana Jovanović: Migrating childhood: Childhood in shifting political ideologies

Rahim Rahimov: Connections of childhood memories/experiences to granting suffrage for women in Azerbaijan: Shusha Realny School in Focus

10:30–10:40 Break

10:40–11:40 Session 7: Sticky Questions of Method 

Erica Burman: Challenges and resources in interpreting narratives of childhood memories

Pia Koivunen: “I wanted to see the man with that mark on his forehead:” Autoethnographic approach to childhood experiences

11:40–11:50 Break

11:50–13:20 Session 8: Spinning Threads of Memory Work

Camila Rosa Ribeiro: Becomings that future cannot hold

Owain Jones: Memory as ecology as mycelia: Creating the present by digesting the past?

Mante Vertelyte, Iram Khawaja & Dorthe Staunæs: Memories of childhood dolls across geopolitical spaces and social structures

13:20–14:00 Lunch Break

14:00–15:30 Session 9: Artists’ Memory Webs

Rosamaría Bolom, Irina Kreer-Boulay, Outi Korhonen, Alejandro Olarte & Arlene Tucker: Artworks at My Childhood exhibition

Nina Vurdelja: Thinking with/of watery bodies: notes of an almost-a-swimmer

Linda Lapiņa: Migrant mermaid. Embodied re-membering’s interwoven timespaces

15:30–15:40 Break

15:40–17:10 Session 10: Common Worlding and Webbing

Camila Rosa Ribeiro, Arlene Tucker, Jay Albaos & Leonardo Dias: Performative provocations as pedagogy: snippets from a collaborative artistic research process

Esther Pretti, Iveta Silova, Ann Nielsen, Janna Goebel & Jieyu Jiang: Reclaiming multispecies worlds: Childhood memories of common worlding

Virginia Caputo: In the blood of turtles: Aging and childhood memories in a time of pandemic

17:10–17:30 Conference closing: Connecting Threads 

18:30 Dinner




Memory is a productive force that (re)shapes the pasts, presents, and futures. Memories are also of and about relations (Arnold, Shepherd and Gibbs, 2008). They exist in relations with times and spaces, ourselves and others, events and objects, with humans and non-human species. It is possible to approach memories as distributed between humans and more-than-human participants. On the one hand, material objects are constitutive of (collective) memories (e.g. childhood objects, monuments, museums) and help establish social identities. How we collect, store, categorize and represent memories also gives a shape to them. On the other hand, by being virtually present in events, memories “materially affect the world (just as they themselves are affected by events)” (Fox and Alldred, 2019, 21).

The (re)collection and the affectivity of remembering/forgetting are contingent, emergent, relational, and continuously re-actualized in the here-and-now. The inherent entanglement of memories makes them at once durable, malleable, and mobile – relying on multiple connections while also capable of forming them.

Inspired by the broad theme of webs and threads, we call on participants to think about memories beyond the ‘mnemonic fever’ (Huyssen, 1995), which marks our time obsessed with recording and archiving for self-fashioning or collective heritage. We ask: 

  • How do childhood memories connect and are connected to events that produce the world around us? 
  • How do remembering and forgetting childhoods forge connections across times and spaces?
  • How do the means of (re)collecting, storing, memorizing, and (re)presenting memories affect how, what, and whose childhoods are being re-collected and produced as social identities?
  • How do personal memories impact the production of social (including the human and more-than-human) continuity and change? 
  • How do childhood memories of nature and the planet – from rock collections to foraging in forests or looking after injured wildlife – form attachments to place, land and Earth during the Anthropocene, and reactivate emotions associated with geological processes and multispecies common worlds? 
  • How do the unfinished transformations that were part of the Cold War complicate and continue to influence the trajectory of the futures in the present? Do memories carry unrealized (past) futures and anticipatory visions that disrupt the present or reconfigure the future (Craps et al. 2018, 503)?
  • How do practices of archiving life (in museums, and on social media, websites etc,) produce lives, biographies, selves, worlds, social identities etc.? How do objects, photos, videos, and other types of representations play a role in those?


Arnold, M., Shepherd, C. & Gibbs, M. (2008). Remembering things. Information Society, 24(1), 47-53. 

Craps, S., Crownshaw, R., Wenzel, J., Kennedy, R., Colebrook, C., and Nardizzi, V. (2018). Memory studies and the Anthropocene: A roundtable. Memory Studies, 11(4), 498–515.

Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P. (2019). The Materiality of Memory: Affects, Remembering and Food Decisions. Cultural Sociology, 13(1), 20–36.

Haraway, D. (2019). It Matters What Stories Tell Stories; It Matters Whose Stories Tell Stories. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 34(3), 565-575.

Huyssen, A. (1995). Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia. New York: Routledge.

Contact e-mail for Tampere hubrecollectreconnect2021@tuni.fi

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