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A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar


Call for Papers: Memory, Peace and Security

Published on 2 March, 2012

Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Conference, Nov 9 - 10, 2012, University of Indianapolis, Athens, Greece

Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Conference:Memory, Peace and Security

9 Nov - 10 Nov 2012

University of Indianapolis, Athens, Greece

There used to be a difference between memory and history, and journalism

happened to lie in between them. It seemed to translate memory into a pool

of news validated as possible entries into the canvas of history. Today,

new media challenge classic journalism and offer the chance to every

citizen to publish snapshots of every day life as news. The accumulation

of information open to any audiences in the form of articles that bridge

personal memories is challenging the notion of history itself. However,

the past continues to be departing from us: today more than ever news

becomes old news in a matter of minutes, and memory is the most powerful

ally of civic journalism - journalism for the public. What is more,

memory's inherent selectivity means that for every narrative,

representation, image, or sound evoking the past, there is another that

has become silent--deliberately forgotten, carelessly omitted, or simply

neglected. The tension between the loud past of official histo

ry and those forgotten pasts we strain to hear, as expressed via new

media, is addressed in many disciplines. For those in the field of memory

studies, the tension between memory as private, personal, and the

spectacle of official history is especially poignant. This tension

illuminates what has been selected for remembering and why, allows for

alternative memories and understandings to emerge, and speaks to several

disciplines on a particular note.


The interplay of memory, journalism, and new media raises a number of

pressing questions that are increasingly important for future studies of

memory, as well as human security and peace processes. Are we in the wake

of history as once conceived? Is history becoming polyphonic due to the

advent of the era of memory? How must our understanding of the present and

future be, in relation to the past? How is every act of remembering and

forgetting shaped today? Where is journalism located in the spectrum

between memory and history? How are peace and security supported by a

democratic representation of the history and memory of minorities?


We invite scholars from different disciplines to address one, or more, of

the following questions, and gather in a common effort to exchange points

of view and clarify the present state of the art in Memory Studies from a

synergistic perspective:

*What is the role of new media in the creation of history today?

*How does journalism evolve today?

*Whose memories are silenced and suppressed (and by whom)?

*How do forms of remembering in new media work?

*How does memory relate to peace?

*What is the relationship of memory to "truth"?

*What emotions do feed memory?

*Is memory instrumental in the creation of a safe society?

*What happens when memories long silenced are "heard" again?

*Does journalism truly help to "hearing" the past?

*What kind of knowledge is journalism?

*What sources of "evidence" of the past are the most legitimate today? Why?

*What power does the visual have on us in relation to history?

*How many histories are there?

*What can the visual hide; what is unspoken?


Please send an abstract, with title, of no longer than 250 words and a

short bio (200 words) including institutional affiliation, with "2012

ABSTRACT" in the subject line to Ms Romana Turina, Conference Coordinator,

by March 30, 2012




). Decisions will be made by mid-April 2012.

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