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Call for papers: "Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Culture"

Published on 7 November, 2013

International Conference Radboud University Nijmegen, June 5-6, 2014.

Excerpt from the call for papers:
Memory matters. It matters because memory brings the past into the present, and opens it up to the future. But it also matters literally, because memory is mediated materially. Materiality is the stuff of memory. Meaningful objects that we love (or hate) function not only as aide-mémoire but as memory itself.
The international conference Things to Remember: Materializing Memories aims to explore a sustained focus on the materiality in and of memory. Such a focus helps to understand memory as a vibrant process, by analysing the active, creative and popular forms of remembering and forgetting.
At the same time a materialist focus entails recognising certain forms of agency in material objects. As Bill Brown argues, a culture constitutes itself through its inanimate objects: ‘culture as it is objectified in material forms'. In this conference we want to draw cultural memory into the discourse of ‘new materialism', inquiring how we remember with and through things.
Here we avoid simple dualisms by foregrounding the intersections between the material and immaterial, natural and cultural, living or inert. Things make us remember (and forget), yet we also use things to bring about remembrance or forgetfulness. We therefore argue that memory is both mental and material.
Deadline for paper proposals: January 7, 2014
Please submit your proposal for a 20-minute paper; or for a panel session of three papers through the conference website: http://www.ru.nl/hlcs/programma's/things-to-remember/things-to-remember/
Full cfp available for download here.

Excerpt from the call for papers:

Memory matters. It matters because memory brings the past into the present, and opens it up to the future. But it also matters literally, because memory is mediated materially. Materiality is the stuff of memory. Meaningful objects that we love (or hate) function not only as aide-mémoire but as memory itself.

The international conference Things to Remember: Materializing Memories aims to explore a sustained focus on the materiality in and of memory. Such a focus helps to understand memory as a vibrant process, by analysing the active, creative and popular forms of remembering and forgetting.At the same time a materialist focus entails recognising certain forms of agency in material objects. As Bill Brown argues, a culture constitutes itself through its inanimate objects: ‘culture as it is objectified in material forms'.

In this conference we want to draw cultural memory into the discourse of ‘new materialism', inquiring how we remember with and through things.Here we avoid simple dualisms by foregrounding the intersections between the material and immaterial, natural and cultural, living or inert. Things make us remember (and forget), yet we also use things to bring about remembrance or forgetfulness. We therefore argue that memory is both mental and material.

Deadline for paper proposals: January 7, 2014

Please submit your proposal for a 20-minute paper; or for a panel session of three papers through the conference website: http://www.ru.nl/hlcs/programma's/things-to-remember/things-to-remember/

Full cfp available for download here.

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