IMS seminar aurora
IMS seminar

Astrid Erll, Media, Media and Implicit Collective Memory

Welcome to the weekly IMS seminar!

About the seminar

This lecture addresses the role of media in the production and transformation of implicit collective memory. With the term 'implicit collective memory' I address the invisible, 'hidden world' of cultural schemata, narrative patterns, habits of thinking and doing, which are transmitted by memory and shape our experience and actions - but usually without our awareness.

Media of explicit collective memory are very well researched in the field of memory studies. There are numerous groundbreaking studies about monuments, historiography, film, photography, or literature and their visible, conscious, often commemorative dimensions in the production and reception of memory. Tackling the media of implicit collective memory is another matter: How to describe what usually remains hidden? I will discuss concepts of framing, priming, and premediation in order to propose an interdisciplinary dialogue about the media logics of implicit collective memory.


Astrid Erll is professor of Anglophone literatures and cultures at Goethe University Frankfurt and founder of the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform ( She is author of Memory in Culture (Palgrave, 2011), and introduction to the field of memory studies, and general editor of the series "Media and Cultural Memory" (de Gruyter, since 2004)

How to attend

It is possible to attend the seminar both from Dacke in Växjö and via zoom. Contact us at if you want to participate via zoom, or sign up for our external email list to receive automatic updates on our events (zoom link and additional information are sent out one week in advance).


Photo: 'Aurora - Connecting Senses’, Cristina Pop-Tiron & Signe Kjær Jensen

Dacke/Zoom IMS Add to your calendar