CFP | 1.3. | How to research collective memories of things not lived?

The one-day symposium, entitled “Remembering what we have not lived: Approaches to Postmemory Analysis”, is calling for paper proposals. The event is organised and hosted by the Cantebury Christ University, in the United Kingdom, on the 3rd of July 2018.

The event is interested in the “remembering” of things that have not been personally experienced, for example the reign of Franco or the Holocaust. Media has an important role in representing these pasts – but how can these “postmemories” be studied?

Paper abstracts should be submitted by March 1, and acceptance decisions will be made and communicated by the end of the month.

The full call for papers was sent via the IAMCR mailing list, and can be viewed below.

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Remembering what we have not lived:
Approaches to Postmemory Analysis

3 July 2018
Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury, UK)

The Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK) invites submissions for this one-day conference on Postmemory Analysis. This event is part of the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant project ‘Remembering what we have not lived: Postmemory Analysis of Franco’s violence in Spain’.

The conference takes an innovative look at the concept of postmemory and the ways in which it is researched. As the number of survivors of events such as the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, the partition of Ireland, or the Second World War, becomes more limited, the media and other cultural productions have acquired a more significant role in the representation and dissemination of messages about these contentious pasts.

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals about methodological approaches to study postmemory, and about the application of these methods to specific case studies. However, we also invite contributions on other aspects of postmemory. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Methodological approaches to research postmemory
  • Application of postmemory analysis frameworks to specific case studies
  • Relationship between postmemory, power and resistance
  • Generations and memory ‘carriers’
  • Connecting the micro level to the macro context
  • Ethical challenges
  • Official discourses and collective consciousness

Please send a 250-word abstract to Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido at [email protected] by 1 March 2018. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and decisions will be communicated by the end of March.


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