CALL FOR PAPERS: “Conflicting Memories in Contemporary Europe.”
the 1980s Memory Studies have developed intensively as a creative,
interdisciplinary and well-established field of research. Yet the field
remains fragmented: national research environments tend to focus on
representations of cultural memory within specific national contexts,
and researchers coming from different disciplines are frequently holding
on to their own theoretical and methodological approaches. We hope that
the conference will generate discussions about the state of the art in
Memory Studies as well as the future of the research in the field. How
can we consolidate Memory Studies? What kind of new directions within
the field we can identify today?
would also like to involve you in the discussion on the idea of
‘European Memory’, what it is and how it relates to the memories of
nations, regions, migrant communities and the world outside Europe.
Drawing on recent theoretical insights pointing to the importance of
memory migration and mediation, the influence of new media, changing
cultural contexts, and memory as a source of transcultural ethics, the
conference will explore how memory works as a transcultural and
transnational force, mainly but not solely in Europe.
welcome papers that aim to explore the tension between attempts by
European cultural and political elites to create some form of common
European memory or at least a unitary memory ethos on one hand and
numerous ‘memory conflicts’, caused by divided and contested memories of
oppression and violence on the other. Understanding the
conflict-provoking potential of this memory legacy and exploring how it
may be managed in a reconciliatory fashion constitute an acute challenge
to interdisciplinary Memory Studies.
are convinced that the future of Memory Studies lies in
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation, however difficult
such an endeavor might be. Hence we warmly welcome to our conference
scholars from different disciplines – the humanities, political and
social sciences (including psychology and communication studies),
Keynote speakers for this three-day conference include
Claus Leggewie – Professor of Political Science at Justus-Liebig University Giessen
Daniel Levy – Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University
Leyla Neyzi, Professor of Social Anthropology, Sabanci University in Istanbul
Jeffrey Olick, Professor of Sociology at University of Virginia
James E. Young, Professor of English and Judaic Studies at University of Massachusetts
papers at the conference will be presented and discussed in thematic
workshops. If you are interested in participating in one or more of the
following workshops please contact the chair of the workshop directly
(see the contact details below). If you are not sure which workshop is
most suitable for your paper please send a short abstract to the
coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be subsequently published.
The deadline for submitting your abstract to a Workshop Chair (with a copy to the conference coordinator email@example.com is March 1, 2012.
We look forward to seeing you in Lund in 2012. Please notice that no conference fee is required.