Spinning the Sticky Threads of Childhood Memories: From Cold War to Anthropocene

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In the words of Donna Haraway (2019, 565), “stories nest like Russian dolls inside ever more stories and ramify like fungal webs throwing out ever more sticky threads.” We are inspired by this provocation precisely 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, amidst both (re)emerging political divides and the growing awareness of our interdependence with other human beings and the more-than-human world in the face of the anthropocene.

The conference invites researchers, artists, professionals, and activists to probe the “fungal webs” and spin the “sticky threads” of childhood, remembering/forgetting, and childhood memories, to use memory as “a tool with which to think” (Bowker 2005, 15) about the past, present, and future. Memory is a productive process as it entangles in events and generates new events (Fox and Alldred 2019, 25). Memories can materially affect bodies, things, identities, and social processes, as they connect past and present events across time and space, producing both continuities and change.
Period20 Oct 202121 Oct 2021
Event typeConference
LocationTampere, FinlandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • post-Soviet spaces
  • memory studies
  • environmental humanities
  • Artistic Research
  • feminist methodologies
  • Autoethnography