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Call for Papers: CONFLICT IN MEMORY

Published on 28 June, 2011

MATCHPOINTS SEMINAR 2012

CONFLICT IN MEMORY: INTERPERSONAL AND INTERGENERATIONAL REMEMBERING OF WAR, CONFLICT AND TRANSITION

An interdisciplinary conference

10 - 12 May 2012, Aarhus University, Denmark

War, conflicts and transitions have always played a significant role in

defining communal identity, often with reference to events that happened

centuries ago. The role of passing on collective memories of these types

of events has become even more complex in a globalizing world, where new

configurations of cosmopolitan memories challenge more locally and

nationally based memories. The many aspects of societies' remembering

and forgetting call for interdisciplinary cooperation. This conference

brings together the fields of history, psychology, literature, and

cultural studies and presents new research on how memories of war,

conflict and transition are passed on from generation to generation and

how these processes transform and shape identities.

 

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

 

Balthazar Garzon (investigative judge, Madrid)

Alistair Thomson (Monash University, Melbourne)

Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University)

James Wertsch (Washington University, St. Louis)

Dorthe Berntsen (Aarhus University)

Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University)

Anna Bull (University of Bath)

Luisa Passserini (University of Torino)

Tom Dunne (University College Cork)

Willliam Hirst (New School of Social Sciences, New York)

 

_WORKSHOP THEMES:_

- Negotiating National and Cosmopolitan Memories

- Psychological Approaches to Interpersonal and Intergenerational

Remembering

- Narrative Templates in Representations of Conflict and Civil Warfare

- Memory, Identity and Social Cohesion: Commemoration and

Intergenerational Memory of War, Conflict and

 

PURPOSES AND IDEAS OF THE WORKSHOPS:

 

NEGOTIATING NATIONAL AND COSMOPOLITAN MEMORIES

_Organised by Stefan Iversen and Mads Rosendahl Thomsen _(contact: Mads

Rosendahl Thomsen litmrt@hum.au.dk [1])

 

This section explores how cosmopolitanism has become an important topic

in the study of identity formation and the changes of memories in an

increasingly globalized world. The keynotes will address the Holocaust

as a transnational object of memory that has had a profound influence on

memory politics in terms of lawmaking, commemorative gestures and in

educating new generations. The section consists of the following three

sessions:

 

* Transformed places

* Politics of memory

 

* Clashing memories

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO INTERPERSONAL AND INTERGENERATIONAL

REMEMBERING

_Organised by Annette Bohn, Celia Harris, and Jonathan Koppel _(contact:

Annette Bohn - anetboh@psy.au.dk [2])

 

This workshop will cover a broad range of topics concerned with social

and cultural issues in memory, from collaborative memories in couples to

national survey studies on memories for important public events,_ _to

the way that memories of traumatic events (personal and public) inform,

and are informed by, one's personal and social identity. The workshop

will be organised in three sessions addressing the following topics:

 

* Collective remembering and forgetting in small groups

* Memories of transitions: important personal and national events

* Trauma, identity and memory

 

NARRATIVE TEMPLATES IN REPRESENTATIONS OF CONFLICT AND CIVIL WARFARE

_Organised by Hans Lauge Hansen, Francesco Caviglia, Leonardo Cecchini

_(contact: Leonardo Cecchini - leonardo.c@hum.au.dk [3])

 

This workshop explores the role of narrative discourse in the

intergenerational memory processes of conflict and civil warfare. The

concept of narrative discourse is to be understood in its broadest sense

as fictional and non-fictional representations and all the hybrid genres

in between, based on linguistic, visual and corporal/physical

expressions. "Conflict and civil warfare" refers to a broad range of

historical events which affected individuals and groups within the same

national community, like the Nazi suppression of the German opposition

in the thirties, the Spanish Civil, War, Stalinism in USSR, political

violence in the '60s and '70s, etc. What kind of social processes are

required to convert communicative memory into cultural memory, what is

the role of narrative in these processes, which are the generic

templates employed and what is the social impact of these

representations?

 

MEMORY, IDENTITY AND SOCIAL COHESION: COMMEMORATION AND

INTERGENERATIONAL MEMORY OF WAR, CONFLICT AND CRISIS

_Organised by Michael Böss _(contact: Michael Böss - engmb@hum.au.dk

[4])

 

In _Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity (_1994), the

American historian John Gillis suggested a typology of commemorations

based on three periods: a pre-national, a national and a post-national

period. During the pre-national period, commemorations were either local

or universal, and the elites and the masses tended not to share

commemorative rites. The subsequent 'national' cult of commemoration

served to unite people within territorial nation-states. This implied a

degree of democratisation of official commemorative events and

monuments. In the third period, there would not be a total demise, but a

weakening of national commemoration. Gillis also predicted that we might

be returning to the medieval pattern: Commemorations would become more

local and more universal ('global'). He also believed, however, that in

order for societies to cohere, there would be a need for public

commemoration. Without the identifications that commemorations help

create, citizens would find it difficult to interact and cooperate. -

This workshops invites papers that address both empirical cases and

theoretical cases these issues with special reference to commemorations

and memories of war, conflict and crisis.

 

ORGANISER: Prof Michael Böss, Director of MatchPoints Seminar -

engmb@hum.au.dk [5]

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Annette Bohn, Hans Lauge Hansen, Francesco

Caviglia, Leonardo Cecchini, Stefan Iversen and Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

DEADLINES FOR PROPOSALS: January 15, 2012

CONFERENCE FEE: 150 EUR

For FURTHER INFORMATION, see

CONFERENCE VENUE: Aarhus University, Søauditorierne, Bartholins Allé

3, 8000 Aarhus.

 

_ABOUT MATCHPOINTS SEMINAR:_

_The purpose of a MatchPoints Seminar is to create dialogue between

Aarhus University and the surrounding society concerning subjects of

wider societal interest. Therefore the seminars will be open to the

public. Moreover, it is characteristic of a MatchPoints seminar that the

speakers at these seminars rank among the most highly esteemed national

and international figures in the field and subject that the seminar is

focused on._

 

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Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

Associate Professor in Comparative Literature, PhD

 

Department of Aesthetics and Communication

Aarhus University

Langelandsgade 139

DK - 8000 Aarhus C

 

E-mail: litmrt@hum.au.dk [6]

Phone: +45 8942 1838 / +45 3114 1419 (mobile)

Personal web-page: http://person.au.dk/en/litmrt@hum.au.dk [7]

Network for Cultural Memory Studies: memory.au.dk/en/

 

 

Links:

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[1] mailto:litmrt@hum.au.dk

[2] mailto:anetboh@psy.au.dk

[3] mailto:leonardo.c@hum.au.dk

[4] mailto:engmb@hum.au.dk

[5] mailto:engmb@hum.au.dk

[6] mailto:litmrt@hum.au.dk

[7] http://person.au.dk/en/litmrt@hum.au.dk

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