Call for Papers: "The Arts of Memory"
Playing on the title of the influential text of Frances Yates, The Art of Memory, (1966), where she traces the use of mnemonic techniques from the classical age to the age of the Enlightenment, the Fifth Annual NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Conference will focus on discussions around contemporary arts of memory.
With this conference we seek to look at the arts and artifices of memory practices, both as they come to rest in forms, such as museums and memorials, as well as in the enactment of memory practices themselves, such as truth and reconciliation processes. Interdisciplinary in scope, this conference specifically reaches for new ways to conceptualize the arts of memory through the visual, tactile, textual, and synesthetic expressions of the past. In addition, portions of the conference will be dedicated to a reflexive examination of the arts of memory scholarship—the scholarship of arts of memory examined as an art in itself.
We seek paper submissions from across the academic disciplines, as well as from memory practitioners; empirical, theoretical, and methodological papers are all encouraged.
Some of the questions this conference will address include:
How are different memory practices oriented around different senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell?
How are events associated with one set of senses or practices remembered through another set of senses or practices?
How are spaces and material objects, such as sites, documents, photographs, and bodies, transformed through memory practices?
How are different methods of memory disrupted, altered, or remapped over time?
What is the relationship between destruction and creation in memory practices?
What happens when events that seem insignificant as they unfold in the present become imbued with new significance in memory form?
What methods do we use as scholars to conduct research on memory practice? How do we study memory on an individual and a socio-historical scale?
What theoretical perspectives can shed light on methodologies of memory?
Themes the conference will examine include:
Methods of social remembering
Memory and the body
Memory and the senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
Memory and space/place
Virtual museums, digital archives, and online memory projects
Memory and visual culture/cultural production
Loss and aging of memories on a social scale
Memory and transformation, confusion, destruction, fragmentation
Theoretical approaches to the analysis of methods of memory
Research methods in memory studies
Please send an email to NSSRMemoryConference@gmail.com by December 15, 2011, with "2012 ABSTRACT" in the subject line that includes the following: an abstract of no longer than 250 words with a tentative paper title and a short bio (max. approx. 200 words) that includes institutional affiliation. Decisions will be made by late January 2012. For more information on the 2012 conference, past conferences, and our other activities, visit www.nssrmemoryconference.com.
Note: This conference is timed to coincide with the celebration of the career of Professor Vera Zolberg on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The two events, while maintaining their own events and agendas, will compliment each other and participants are encouraged to attend both.
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