Local Memory, Global Ethics, Justice:
The Politics of Historical Dialogue in Contemporary Society

The Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights will hold its first annual conference in New York City, December 11-14, 2012. The conference will be co-hosted by the Guantanamo Public Memory Project, and will also feature the Guantanamo Public Memory Projects’ first traveling exhibit and digital media as a shared international challenge in historical dialogue.

Historical dialogue and accountability is a growing field of advocacy and scholarship that encompasses the efforts in conflict, post-conflict, and post-dictatorial societies to come to terms with their pasts. In contesting nationalist myths and identities, in examining official historical narratives, and opening them to competing narratives about past violence, historical dialogue seeks to provide analysis of past violence grounded in empirical research; acknowledge the victims of past violence and human rights abuses; challenge and deconstruct national, religious, or ethnic memories of heroism and/or victimhood; foster shared work between interlocutors of two or more sides of a conflict; identify and monitor how history is misused to divide society and perpetuate conflict; enhance public discussion about the past.

This conference seeks to consider questions relating to these topics, and the state of the relatively new field of historical dialogue and its relationship to other discourses such as transitional justice, memory studies, oral history and historical redress., and. Little consideration has been given to the intersections of these discourses, and how these can be employed as tools in understanding the root causes of conflict. The conference thus seeks to explore the possibilities and limits of these concepts and methods, searching for unexplored connections and elaborating upon how historical analysis can be employed to resolve long-standing sectarian conflicts.

We seek to explore the genealogy of the discipline of historical dialogue as well as research emanating from it: how do the memory and history of past violence evolve over time, and how do they influence a given society in the present day? What is the relationship of advocacy to knowledge production and the relationship between history, memory, and contemporary society? What is the relationship of historical truth to testimonies in truth commissions, and how do truth commissions construct historical truth? How can the tensions that exist between dialogue and accountability be understood, addressed or reconceived? In what ways can one compare historical narratives in post (identity) conflict to post authoritarian regimes? What is the role of subjects such as gender, religion, human being and citizen in understanding historical narrative, memory, dialogue and accountability? Finally, the conference seeks to be a space of interaction and the exchange of ideas between scholars and practitioners who often do not have the opportunity to collaborate, and we welcome papers that address this divide or reach across these boundaries.

Proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtable discussions and digital media presentations will be considered. The deadline for submission of proposals is August 30, 2012. All proposals and questions must be submitted electronically via email to AHDA Program Director Ariella Lang at ahda@columbia.edu. Proposals should include a 300-500 word abstract, your name and contact information, as well as a brief bio. Limited travel and lodging funds are available; applications for such funds can be made upon acceptance of your proposal.

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Memories of Conflict, Conflicts of Memory, Senate House, London, 12-13 February, 2013 (Abstracts due 1 November, 2012)

 

Memories of Conflict, Conflicts of Memory
International Conference
13- 14 February, 2013
Senate House, London

Organised by:

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies, University College London
Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory

Contact:

Jordana Blejmar (Institute of Germanic & Romace Studies) and Anindya Raychaudhuri (UCL)
contact email:  Jordana.Blejmar@sas.ac.uk and a.raychaudhuri@ucl.ac.uk

There are very few facets of public and private life that are not affected by cultural memories of war and conflict. Recent academic scholarship has also been revolutionised as experts on literature, cinema, history, area studies, sociology, anthropology and many others attempt to theorise the memory-narratives of the last century marked by unprecedented totalitarian regimes, coup d’états, military confrontations, popular movements and what Alain Badiou recently called the passion for the real.

This interdisciplinary conference will examine the various ways in which memories of wars and conflicts of the twentieth century are constructed, resisted, appropriated and debated in contemporary culture. The conference will provide a space for dialogue and interchange of ideas among scholars researching on memory issues related to different regions of the globe. In particular, we are interested in discussing the tensions between local and transnational memory-narratives, official and subversive forms of commemoration, hegemonic and alternative conceptions of remembering.

Questions we hope to address:

• What benefits and risks are involved when using theories, terms and concepts coined for specific conflicts when dealing with problems relating to other regions?
• To what extent has current research on memory of war and conflict in different parts of the world influenced the wider field of memory studies?
• What power and/or knowledge relations are established between academic researchers and the victims of such conflicts?
• What motivations lie behind our decision to research memory issues?

The conference will draw together cutting-edge research from theorists and practitioners and we invite proposals from people working in literature, cinema, history, area studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, religious studies, media studies, political theory, law, international relations and all other relevant fields.

Themes to be addressed in the conference include, but are not limited to:

• Official commemoration
• Gendered memory
• Cultural memory and communicative memory
• Memory, history and law
• Contested memories
• Memory, migration, exile and displacement
• Second witnessing and generational transmission
• Fictions of memory and performing memory
• Sites of memory, testimony and archives

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short biographical note to the organisers at Jordana.Blejmar@sas.ac.uk and a.raychaudhuri@ucl.ac.uk by 1 November, 2012.

Convenors: Jordana Blejmar (IGRS) and Anindya Raychaudhuri (UCL)

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Regions of Memory: A Comparative Perspective on Eastern Europe”

Warsaw, 26-28 November, 2012

Abstracts Due: June 20, 2012 to genealogies@enrs.eu

Research on historical identities of Eastern Europe in the 20th century has developed from two main perspectives. One is the proliferation of historical studies, which brings to light the experiences and consequences of two world wars, political and economic dictatorships, genocide, border changes and population resettlements, as well as profound national, ethnic and religious divisions. The other, is the currently quickly developing research on present memories of those experiences. Many of the latter studies have been influenced by the theoretical and normative framework of West European scholarship and political sensitivity. During this conference, we propose to shift the perspective and to compare genealogies of memory in Eastern Europe with other regions in the world, beyond Western Europe. The aim is twofold: to determine to what extent established concepts in memory studies are suitable to properly describe the various regional and local specifics of social memory processes; and secondly, to fuel the debate on European memories by research perspectives from beyond Europe. In this respect, we propose to focus both on the commemoration and the forgetting of experiences of mass violence in the 20th century.

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Memories of violence have been a key field of investigation in memory studies. However, the intensity and character of mass violence in the 20th century varied, uneven both in time and space among the regions of Europe, and other continents. Eastern Europe, as Timothy Snyder argues in his recent book Bloodlands, was particularly affected: Experiences of mass murder, forced labor, rapes, hunger, ethnic cleansing, expulsions or revenge were common in this part of the continent during the turbulent times of the first half of century. Afterwards, for the purpose of political myths and stability, memory eradication programs were introduced, under which individual memories and group memories were hushed up for years to come. The ‘Bloodlands’ concept views Eastern Europe as a historically specific ecosystem of violence. During this conference, we will attempt to compare the memory processes of this region with those of Southern Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa or Latin America, and examine whether and how mass violence contributed to regional memories and forgetting.

Vis-à-vis the lasting memory boom now emerging as a global trend, we are asking then about regionally specific memory processes and research upon them in different parts of the globe. We welcome papers that answer one or more of the following questions: What kind of memory of mass violence accounts for regional specificity? What are the genealogies of collective and individual memories and forgetting related to mass violence in various regions? How and why do these images, narratives, and practices change and evolve? How do they influence the contemporary identity of a given region? And finally, how do scholars describe and interpret them? Do their concepts, categories and approaches follow the established Western patterns of memory studies?

We invite speakers from various disciplines of humanities and social sciences, who research memories in Eastern Europe and in other parts of the world that have been affected by mass violence in the twentieth century. We prefer original research papers devoted to key issues of regional histories and identities, with sound theoretical and empirical underpinning and (if possible) transcending national boundaries or applying a comparative perspective.

Organizational information:

Languages of the conference: English, Polish (with simultaneous translation)

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biographical statement by 20 June 2012. Abstracts will be selected by the academic committee. We will notify you of acceptance of your proposals by 20 July 2012. You will be asked to submit your final conference paper by November 1st, so we may have it translated and distributed to chairs and commentators.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. The organizers will provide accommodation and catering for the conference speakers. However, only a limited number of travel refunds for younger scholars and doctoral students will be available.

We plan publication of selected papers in a peer-reviewed journal or in a volume by an international publisher.

Please send your abstract and all inquiries to: genealogies@enrs.eu

Conference Committee:

Convenors: Prof. Jeffrey Olick (University of Virgina), Dr. Małgorzata Pakier (Warsaw School of Social Science and Humanities), Dr. Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw).

Advisory Board: Dr. Burkhard Olschowsky (European Network Remembrance and Solidarity), Prof. Gertrud Pickhan (Free University of Berlin), Prof. Jan Rydel (European Network Remembrance and Solidarity), Prof. Dariusz Stola (Collegium Civitas; Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences).

Organizers: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity; Free University of Berlin, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw; Institute of Sociology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Funding: National Centre for Culture; Nordost Institut; Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland; Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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Conference on Empathy and Memory Studies (23 June 2012, Birkbeck, University of London)
Conference organisers: Silke Arnold-de Simine (ECL, Birkbeck, University of London); Richard Crownshaw (English, Goldsmiths); Susannah Radstone (Arts and Digital Industries, UEL)
Conference venue: Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX (room B04)


Overview
The concept of empathy has become central to the transdisciplinary field of memory studies with the rise of interest in witnessing and trauma. Trauma studies has raised the question of primary witnessing’s relations with the unrepresentable and the problems this poses for empathy. More recently with the growing attention to mediated memory and its travels a focus has emerged on the possibilities for empathy in ‘postmemory’ (Hirsch), ‘secondary witnessing’ (Apel) and ‘prosthetic memory’ (Landsberg).
Event
This one-day conference will provide a much needed interdisciplinary forum for memory studies to engage explicitly with the question of empathy. To date, empathy has been pitted against sympathy or over-identification with victims of past injustice and violence. On this account, sympathy leads to the appropriation or colonisation of the identities of those remembered by those who remember them, whereas empathy preserves a sense of alterity (Silvermann). Indeed, for LaCapra, empathy may not just be a means of respecting difference but also the way in which those who remember can be ‘unsettled’ and remembrance provoked.
However, in the theory and practice of cultural memory, what do we really mean when we speak of empathy? Rather than simply define empathy as the antithesis of sympathy, how might memory studies move beyond extant definitions of empathy to open up the field of affect, identification, memory and witnessing.
Themes for the symposium will include:
–      Aesthetics, identification and the imagination

–      Gender, empathy and witnessing

–      Specific media and the transmission of empathy

–      The historicity of empathy

–      The politics of empathy

–      Empathy and the transnational/transcultural

Structure
The day will be divided into three sessions, including a keynote from Stef Craps (Department of English Literature, Ghent University), plus generous time for discussion and responses from the floor.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Silke Arnold-de Simine (s.arnold-desimine@bbk.ac.uk).
Deadline:  29 February 2012

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Call for Papers for Graduate Seminar “Aesthetics and Ethics of Memory” (Aarhus, Denmark, 20-22/09/2012)

For the inaugural seminar of Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies, a newly established international collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies, we invite paper proposals from graduate students on the relations between the aesthetics and ethics of memory. 

Aesthetics and ethics often intersect in relation to the representation of collective memories, especially those of disturbing events or experiences. While decorum is naturally called for in addressing a traumatic past, it can also be argued, from an ethical standpoint, that traumatic memories must be represented in a compelling and unforgettable manner. Representational strategies thus have to find a balance between being ineffectual and irrelevant and being potentially offensive and provoking.

At the seminar a number of questions following from the main theme will be discussed:

 What are the limits of representation?      How do certain forms and practices challenge these limits? How is this reflected in memory politics?  Do the limits differ from medium to medium, e.g. from a public monument to a film or a text? Are there practices connected to memory that highlight relations between aesthetics and ethics?

Send: A 300-word abstract of your paper, a description of your graduate research project (one paragraph), and a short CV (max. one page) to memory@au.dk

Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 April 2012

Where: Aarhus University, Denmark

When: 20-22 September  2012

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Call for Papers – “Transitional Justice and the Everyday”- 2012 IJTJ Special Issue

The International Journal of Transitional Justice (IJTJ) invites submissions for its 2012 special issue entitled “Transitional Justice and the Everyday: Micro-perspectives of justice and social repair” to be guest edited by Pilar Riaño Alcalá (Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Liu Institute for Global Studies, University of British Columbia) and Erin Baines (Assistant Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia).

In this special issue, the IJTJ will consider how people seek and experience justice after mass atrocity in the context of everyday life. Specific questions to be addressed will include:

•       How do communities repair social relationships and networks that violence so often tears apart?
•       Through what informal micro-processes and performances do people make sense of and address violent pasts, seek acknowledgement, accountability and justice?
•       How do individuals or communities encounter and respond to formal national mechanisms such as truth commissions and trials or efforts to demobilize and reintegrate combatants?
•       How do individuals and communities respond to state-generated histories of the past? How do they generate their own narratives about the past?
•       How are local meanings of justice and social repair given expression in informal and formal TJ mechanisms?

Further areas may include:
•       The meaning of justice and social repair in the context of the everyday
•       Rebuilding lives, social networks and relationships
•       Indigenous processes and mechanisms for healing, reconciliation and justice
•       Ceremonial, ritual and spiritual processes of reconciliation
•       Performance and artistic expressions
•       Local initiatives of storytelling, memory making and truth telling
•       Relationships and tensions between informal and formal processes at the local level
•       Formal/state engagement and its impact at community level

IJTJ encourages the submission of papers from a broad spectrum of disciplines: philosophy, literary studies, political science, theatre, Indigenous studies, race and gender studies, post-colonial studies, sociology, anthropology, psychology, criminology, law, memory studies, among others.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2012. Papers should be submitted online from the IJTJ webpage at  www.ijtj.oxfordjournals.org

For questions or further information, please contact the Managing Editor at ijtj@csvr.org.za

Building Reconciliation and Social Cohesion through Indigenous Festival Performances, Interdisciplinary Symposium, University of London Institute of Paris, November 17-18, 2011

Deadline for Abstracts: May 21, 2011 – Email Estelle.castro.rhul.uk
More info here.
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“The Power of Stories: Authority and Narrative in Early America”
 

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student ConferenceHosted by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of
Pennsylvania
Deadline 3/15/2011
September 29 – October 1, 2011This conference will bring together a diverse group of graduate students to
discuss the power of stories and their relationship to authority in early
America and the Atlantic world before 1850. Addressing written, pictorial,
oral, or other narratives, papers might consider examples of how groups or
individuals decide what stories to tell about themselves; why some
narratives come to predominate over others; how narratives change over time
and across generations; and the ways in which stories can strengthen or
undermine political, ethnic, religious, economic, or other communities. At a
broader level, papers might address how scholars can harness the power of
stories in their own writing as a means of evoking past worlds.We seek papers that will engage a wide range of disciplines, including
history, anthropology, Native American studies, literature, American
studies, African American studies, political science, art history,
geography, material culture, and race and gender studies. In order to be
considered, applicants should email their proposals to
mceas.stories.2011@gmail.com by March 15, 2011. Proposals should include a one-page c.v. and a prospectus of no more than 250 words. Paper
presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Limited financial support is
available for participants’ travel and housing expenses. Decisions will be
announced by May 15, 2011.Please direct conference-related questions to Whitney Martinko at
mceas.stories.2011@gmail.com.
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Imperial Sites of Memory

A conference to be held at the University of St Andrews Friday, 2 September 2011 – Saturday, 3 September 2011

Proposals of 200-300 words (for 20 min papers) together with a two-page CV may be sent by email to Frank Lorenz Mller (flm3@st-andrews.ac.uk).

The deadline for proposals is 15 March 2011.

In the wake of the Industrial Revolution several metropolitan powers began projecting their scientific, cultural, religious, commercial, geopolitical and military interests into what they perceived as a colonial periphery beyond Europe. The commemoration of numerous salient experiences associated with this myriad-faced phenomenon emerged as one of the hallmarks of the political culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Memory, crystallised in discrete Sites of Memory or Lieux de Memoire (Pierre Nora), became a prominent part of narratives that were constructed to generate support for political aims and certain cultural practices (but sometimes ended up inviting dissent). It also helped to form rituals and a rhetoric that sought to exalt the particular calling and distinctiveness of individual nations (yet frequently reflected a shared, transnational pattern).

As Imperial Sites of Memory inevitably arose from situations of encounter between metropolitan agents and individuals, groups on the one hand and societies indigenous to the areas targeted by imperial expansion on the other, the memory with which they are bound up was often bifurcated. Investigating these sites will therefore involve questions of their symmetry and asymmetry, of how they were constructed amongst the colonisers and the colonised and of their different effects and durations on both sides of the imperial relationship.

The exploration of imperial Lieux de Memoire can draw on the sophisticated methodologies established by the historical analysis of national memory, identity and political culture. It can also profitably be linked with the research agendas of transnational history which has so far tended to neglect questions of imperial identities and commemoration. The proposed conference at St Andrews will examine and compare different categories of imperial commemorations that persisted in and across various metropolitan powers. It will also be mindful of their perception and construction amongst colonised societies.

A follow-up conference (to take place in Bonn in 2012) will build on the work done at St Andrews and assess the functions and importance of these Sites of Memory for the national and transnational identities and political cultures of the groups, states and societies concerned.

These conferences will be organised through a co-operation between the Centre for Transnational History (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/transnat/) at the University of St Andrews (represented by Dr Frank Lorenz Mller) and the Chair of Modern History (Prof. Dominik Geppert) at the University of Bonn (http://www.igw.uni-bonn.de/igw/-1/neuzeit/lehrstuhl-prof-dr-geppert).

For the first conference the organisers are now inviting papers falling into the following categories of Imperial Sites of Memory:

Locations: Possible topics for this category might include sites of imperial battles that were commemorated as founding myths of empires (e.g. Plassey); scenes of colonial massacres (such as Gok Tepe or Amritsar); localities of incidents that marked the climax of territorial disputes or were used to denominate imperial syndromes (like Fashoda); strategic military locations which have become synonymous with imperial conflicts (the Khyber Pass); scenes of multinational imperial interventions (such as Peking during the Boxer Rising); etc.

Heroes and Villains:  Possible topics for this category might include adventurers or explorers (such as Carl Peters, Gustav Nachtigall or Emin Pasha); charismatic missionaries and philanthropists (such as Albert Schweitzer or David Livingstone); military heroes (such as Paul v. Lettow-Vorbeck, T.E. Lawrence, General Gordon or Captain Marchand); leaders of anti-imperial resistance movements (such as Imam Shamil); colonial administrators (such as Hermann von Wissmann); colonial rulers who were closely identified with colonial projects (such as King Leopold II.); etc.

Institutions and Agencies: Possible topics for this category might include military formations (such as the French Foreign Legion, the German Schutztruppe, or the Askari soldiers); imperial infrastructure projects (such as the Indian Railways); administrative institutions (like the Colonial Civil Service or the Indian Civil Service); academic programmes (such as the Rhodes Scholarships); Missionary Societies; Published Opinions; Popular or Children’s Literature; Maps, Atlases & Schoolbooks; the various East India Companies, museums, business organisations (such as oil companies or shipping lines); etc.

Trauma, Defeat and Loss: Possible topics for this category might include sites of European military defeats (such as Adwa or Dien Bien Phu); crushed colonial uprisings (such as the Indian Mutiny of 1857 or the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya); imperial wars (such as the Boer War, Algeria, the war against the Herero and Nama); mysterious events that gave rise to subsequent myth-making (such as the sinking of USS Maine); violent acts of expulsion or resettlement (such as the forced migration of the Crimean Tatars); etc.

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Intersections 2011 ~ Vitals, Vital Signs, & Vitality in Addressing Our Changing World
March 4, 5 & 6, 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

*Submissions are due*January 14, 2011 to intersections2011@gmail.com

Vitals are fundamentals. Vital signs are indicators. Vitality is energy, exuberance.

Communication and Culture includes a thriving cross section of interdisciplinary work and practice. In one sense, the diversity of methods, frameworks, gestures, places, spaces, movements, visuals, sensations, communities, and languages questions the foundations of disciplinary knowledge. Yet, at the same time, this interdisciplinary pursuit may itself be seen as an intervention into the foundations of a changing world. How do we locate the fundamentals? Who decides what are the vital signs and how do we ‘read’ them? How do we maintain the vitality of this pursuit? Intersections 2011 invites works that explore how media, culture, politics, policy, and technology might enhance our capacity to ‘check up’ on and intervene in the vitals, vital signs, and vitality of our changing world.

Discussion questions may include, but are not limited to:

  • In exploring vitals, vital signs, and vitality, does interdisciplinarity amount to choosing the ‘right’ method and theoretical framework for a given problem; or, is it more about revealing or nurturing a unitary praxis driven by the need to address a common world?
  • Are vital signs empirically knowable, that is, strictly observable through the senses; or must they entail other ways of knowing, such as embodied, tacit, cosmological, and abstract forms of knowledge?
  • Who decides when a sign is ‘vital’ or when is it purely symptomatic, and how are these decisions shaped by the history of ‘vitality’?
  • How might the process of coming to know vitals, vital signs and vitality be intricately linked to the difference between understanding and intervening in the world?
  • How might arts-based practice, media production, and performance indicate, reveal, or revitalize the state and future of graduate studies in communication and culture?

Submissions will be considered for one of the following three formats:

  1. *Visual Display Session* For this 90-minute interactive session, prepare a poster or other visual display that creatively presents the fundamentals of your work: main issue, method of inquiry, core theoretical premises, and expected findings. Be prepared to convey your core message in a 2-3 minute pitch, then get ready to give and get feedback to help collectively explore your work in relation to the conference theme. New proposal ideas, projects-in-development, or preliminary results are welcome.
  2. *Paper Presentations* Prepare a 15-minute talk addressing the conference theme. A discussion period will commence after the panel members have presented. Panel proposals are welcome. We encourage panel submissions of 3 to 4 persons.
  3. *Workshops and Roundtables* Prepare a 90-minute interactive workshop or roundtable discussion in which participants will explore the conference theme in relation to their own position as graduate students. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, arts-based production, the publishing process, and non-academic careers. We strongly encourage co-facilitated workshops or roundtables; facilitators are automatically eligible for an honorarium to cover costs of materials.

All submissions should include: a 300-word description of your work, a title, a short biographical note, and audio/visual or other technical requirements.

*Submissions are due*January 14, 2011 to intersections2011@gmail.com

For inquiries please email: Matt Feagan (mfeagan@ryerson.ca) or Zorianna Zurba (zorianna@gmail.com)

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The Future of Testimony Conference

August 11-12th 2011

Abstracts of 250 words to be sent to Debbie Hughes (d.hughes1@salford.a.c.uk) by 10th December 2010.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Shoshana Felman (Emory University)

Professor Cathy Caruth (Emory University)

Professor Carolyn Dean (Brown University)

Professor Michael Rothberg (University of Illinois)

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (University of East Anglia)

Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London)

This international conference comprises the final event in the AHRC-funded research network ‘The Future of Testimony’ and invites speculation on the possible future constitution of, and critical responses to, the interdisciplinary nature of testimony. The study of testimony was pioneered by Holocaust scholars, but in what ways will critics respond to the testimony of more recent genocides? Do the insights generated in respect of the historical trauma of the Holocaust translate into contemporary contexts? And how should we understand the recent turn to perpetrator testimony: Who are these perpetrators? And how is s/he modulated in relation to the concepts of complicity and collaboration? The conference also invites reflection on the ways in which testimony is demanded by a range of institutions, including not only the law and clinic, but increasingly immigration and asylum centres. To what degree is the imperative to testify to one’s suffering now a question of bureaucratic threat? Papers might address the following issues: What is the relationship between pleasure and testimony? Does testimony provoke prurient interest? How long will the current discourse about dialectics of in/articulacy be re-iterated? What accounts for the popularity of ‘mis lit’? Why have victim statements accrued significance in a judicial context? In what ways will false testimony proliferate, and how will we account for it? Is the volume of testimony a symptom of neo-liberalism and a radical entrenchment of the logic of identity politics? Who will be able speak in the future and of what? What are the future crises?

*** Postgraduate bursaries available ***

For enquires contact the conference organisers: Jane Kilby (j.e.kilby@salford.ac.uk) and Antony Rowland (a.c.rowland@)salford.ac.uk)

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AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is calling for papers to be submitted now for 2011 publication.

Peoples, General Edition, vol. 7, 2011

Deadline for call for papers: 2010-12-08

AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. It aims to present Indigenous worldviews from native Indigenous perspectives. It is dedicated to the analysis and dissemination of native Indigenous knowledge that uniquely belongs to cultural, traditional, tribal and aboriginal peoples as well as first nations, from around the world.
http://www.alternative.ac.nz

AlterNative Dialogue

Dedicated to the advancement of critical dialogue by, with and for native Indigenous peoples across the globe. Submissions responding to this general call for papers should relate to one or more of the themes of the journal—origins, place, peoples, community, culture, traditional and oral history, heritage, colonialism, power, intervention, development and self-determination.

Submission and Deadline Details

AlterNative primarily accepts substantive articles (5000–7000 words) that address a particular indigenous topic/theme. Also, short timely commentaries (2000–3500 words) that address critical issues and reviews of indigenous books and edited volumes are also accepted.

Author guidelines, including format and referencing styles, for submitting articles, commentaries and book reviews can be found on the AlterNative website.

AlterNative particularly encourages indigenous scholars to contribute submissions. Specialists and practitioners working on indigenous issues are also welcome.

We welcome submissions throughout the year, although encourage scholars to submit as soon as possible for 2011 publication. Please upload your paper through the online form, available at www.alternative.ac.nz.

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Memory: Silence, Screen and Spectacle

March 24-26, 2011
The New School for Social Research, New York
ABSTRACTS DUE NOVEMBER 22
The clamor of the past can be almost deafening: it preoccupies us through speech, texts, screens, spaces and commemorative spectacles; it makes demands on us to settle scores, uncover the “truth” and search for justice; it begs for enshrinement in museums and memorials; and it shapes our understanding of the present and future. However noisy and ceaseless the demands and memory of the past may seem, though, in every act of remembering there is something silenced, suppressed, or forgotten. 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.

It is the tension between the loud and often spectacular past and those forgotten pasts we strain to hear that this conference seeks to address. For those in the booming field of memory studies, this tension between silence and spectacle is especially productive. As the past often serves as a screen on which we project our present ambitions and future aspirations, what is silenced and what is loudly remembered tell us much about the present and future. This tension also illuminates what has been selected for remembering and why; allows for alternative memories and understandings to emerge; reminds us that forgetting is sometimes necessary; and ultimately deepens our theoretical and empirical understanding of memory and its processes. The interplay of silence, screen, and spectacle also raises a number of pressing questions that have been neglected in the field of memory studies, but which will be increasingly important for future studies of memory, including:

•    Whose memories are silenced and suppressed (and by whom)?
•    When is forgetting beneficial and/or necessary?
•    How do forms of testimony and remembering (e.g., legal testimony vs. oral history; traditional memory spaces like museums vs. other forms of remembering like dance, art, and theater) work differently to make memory heard or silenced?
•    What is the relationship of memory to “truth” if a part of the past is always silenced?
•    What happens when memories long silenced are “heard” again?
•    Does too much remembering cause static, keeping us from truly “hearing” the past?
•    What kind of knowledge is nostalgia, silence, or forgetting?
•    What sources of “evidence” of the past are the most legitimate today, what are the most convincing in public debates, international courts, the media?
•    What power does the visual have on us and how does it compete with other sources of knowledge, such as documents, testimonies, audio-recordings, and embodied memory?
•    What can the visual hide; what is unspoken?

Panel and workshop themes may include: Remembering and Forgetting 9/11; Truth Commissions: Spectacle and Silence; Memory and Truth; Silences, Memory, and U.S. Counter-Terrorism; Human Rights, Law and Memory; Tourism and the Memory Market; New Media, Memory, and Silence; Archives, Communities and Memory; Screening Silence: Visual Memory and Forgetting; Nostalgia: Silence, Screen and Spectacle.

Please send an abstract with title of no longer than 250 words and a short bio (200 words) including institutional affiliation, with 2011 ABSTRACT in the subject line to NSSRMemoryConference@gmail.comby November 22, 2010. Decisions will be made by mid-January 2011 and conference papers will be due February 18, 2011. We are examining different avenues for possible publication of conference papers. Only original papers submitted by February 18 will be considered for publication. For information on the conference and our other activities, visit www.nssrmemoryconference.com.

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THE INDISCERNIBLE

A One-Day Graduate Conference at McGill University – April 28, 2011 – Montreal, QC.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Abstracts Due January 17th, 2011

Email: ahcsconference@gmail.com

The Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University is pleased to announce this year’s graduate conference, “The Indiscernible”.  The conference will be held at the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University on Thursday, April 28th, 2011.  Graduate students at the M.A. or Ph.D. level from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for presentations of twenty minutes.  Participation in the conference provides an opportunity to present scholarly research, meet graduate students from a variety of different fields, and benefit from engaged discussions as well as valuable responses to papers.

This year’s symposium will seek to interrogate the value and status of what is indiscernible to direct experience.  From the rise of nanotechnologies on the one hand to the overwhelming size and complexity of global systems and networks on the other, artistic, theoretical and daily practices are confronted with realities that lie beyond immediate perception.  Placed at the centre of artistic practice — or even used as an interpretative prism for the tracing of lineages through the history of art — the indiscernible offers a valuable way of entry into discussions of the invisible, the blinding, or that which lies beyond the realm of the sensible at large. Similarly, from the perspective of theoretical practice, opacity, murkiness, ambiguity, and grey areas may be thought of as obstacles to knowledge, yet we can also understand the indiscernible as a necessary aspect of knowledge production.  Thus, we may ask whether revelation requires mystery, or whether a will to action requires a poetic yearning in the face of unfathomable constraints.

As an object of inquiry the indiscernible opens up a space of desire that motivates both thought and action.  In an age when many of us have immediate access through Internet technologies to a global storehouse of information, and perhaps an overabundance of opportunities for discernment, is the space of uncertainty shrinking along with the power of folklore and myth?  Or is the inability to discern the relative value of information felt more acutely than ever before?  In the political realm, does the indiscernible represent an impasse to judgment and action, or is it simply the constant condition of contingency that provides a ground for decision?  Along with these questions we are particularly interested in papers that address:

– questions of gender ambiguity, performance, or “passing”

– biometrics, surveillance, or the racialization of bodies

– attempts and failures at mapping information, social relations, or spaces

– economic structures, relations, and the commodity form

– the shifting materiality of artistic production that can be seen in practices such as “bioart”

– phenomenological approaches to experience and its mediations and technological extensions

As an interdisciplinary conference we invite papers from various fields.

Papers in both English and French are welcome.

Please join us on Friday, April 29th, 2011 for the Art History and Communication Studies Faculty Symposium, a special session featuring members of the AHCS faculty, organized by Dr. Amelia Jones and Dr. Darin Barney.

Abstracts for submission should be no more than 300 words, accompanied by a short biography or CV.

Submissions are due Monday, January 17th, 2011, and should be submitted via e-mail to the conference committee at: ahcsconference@gmail.com<mailto:ahcsconference@gmail.com>

Successful participants will be notified by Friday, February 18th, 2011. Please send any other inquiries to: ahcsconference@gmail.com<mailto:ahcsconference@gmail.com>

For more information about the conference please refer to our website: http://www.ahcsgradconference.com&lt;http://www.ahcsgradconference.com/>

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DATABASE|NARRATIVE|ARCHIVE

An International Symposium on Nonlinear Digital Storytelling

Revised CFP – Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2010

Email: dnasymposium@gmail.com

Concordia University, Montréal (13-15 May 2011)

Keynotes:

Marsha Kinder (Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic

Arts, USC; Executive Director of The Labyrinth Project)

Katerina Cizek (Award-winning experimental documentarian; Filmmaker in

Residence, National Film Board of Canada)

With a nonlinear, interactive lecture by Florian Thalhofer (Berlin;

documentary filmmaker; inventor of the Korsakow System)

Confirmed participants: Hart Cohen (UWS), Adrian Miles (RMIT), Steve

Anderson (USC), David Clark (NSCAD), Tim Schwab (CINER-G), Elena

Razlogova (CINER-G), Jason Lewis (CINER-G, Obx Labs), Monika Kin

Gagnon (CINER-G, co-organizer), Matt Soar (CINER-G, co-organizer).

Reflecting recent developments in the theories and practices of new

media production, described variously as database documentary,

interactive narrative, and experimental archiving, D|N|A seeks to

highlight some of the most important issues and ideas currently

characterizing this emerging discourse – and perhaps constitutive of a

future, core set of properties or dynamics. (Contemporary works of

note that characterize some of these developments include: Planet

Galata; The Thousandth Tower; Gaza/Sderot; 7 Sons; St. Michael’s

Hospital; The Whale Hunt; Folk Songs for the Five Points; Klatsassin;

Soft Cinema; Life after Wartime; Danube Exodus; Tulse Luper

Suitcases.)

This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together theorists,

scholars, artists, curators and programmers, currently working in

these and related areas for panel presentations, roundtables,

screenings, a Korsakow workshop, and an exhibition, in a three-day

event intended to foster discussions, creative exchange and debate. We

also aim to stimulate and provoke creative/productive community

engagements before, during, and after the symposium and will therefore

be involving individuals and organizations in several activities that

lead into the event and grow out of it.

As a guide, we welcome innovative and engaging proposals addressing

the following areas, but also invite other proposals of potential

relevance:

– critical engagements with existing works and/or artists

– audiences as communities and vice versa

– theoretical engagements with authorship, interactivity, databases

and multimedia archives

– historical precursors (multi-screen cinema; choose your own adventure)

– genres of non-fiction media: archival, interview/oral history,

witness/testimonial/first person, ethnographic.

– critiques of commercial practices (eg Second Story; Terra Incognita)

– the potentials and limitations of specific authoring and delivery

platforms (eg Flash, Korsakow, HTML 5)

– visual aesthetics and electronic literature

– exhibition, distribution and alternative forms of circulation

– future potentials (mobile applications, haptic screens, voice- and

movement-activated interfaces, iPad, HTML5, expressive type)

Proposals (email only, with plaintext, Word, or PDF attachments only)

and expressions of interest should be sent to Matt Soar and Monika Kin

Gagnon at dnasymposium@gmail.com Please tell us in about 500 words

what ideas, research, and/or creative work you’d like to present at

the symposium, and bear in mind that we are especially interested in

finding ways to break out from traditional conference-style

presentations. Your proposal can be work in progress, but should be

sufficiently advanced by May 2011 to be presentable. Add a final

paragraph explaining who you are, what you do, and where we can

contact you. The revised deadline is December 15th, 2010.

D|N|A is being organized by CINER-G, the Concordia Interactive

Narrative Experimentation & Research Group, with support from the

FQRSC, Concordia University (VP Research & Graduate Studies), and the

Goethe Institute. For more information, updates and amendments to this

CFP, please visit: www.cinerg.ca

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5th Annual GUSTA Graduate Symposium Graduate Union of the Students of Art

Department of Art at the University of Toronto Graduate Program in the History of Art REBELLION: SUBVERSIVE PERSPECTIVES

Conference Dates: January 27-28, 2011

Submissions are due by Tuesday, November 30, 2010 and are to be sent to the Symposium Committee at: gusta.symposium@gmail.com.

From classical painters to the Impressionists, avant-garde visionaries to contemporary graffitists, individuals have used visual representation as a means of challenging cultural, social and political conventions. We are asking graduate students to explore the unique ways in which ‘rebellion’ becomes manifest in nonconformist or controversial artistic practice and visual production. How have artists defied social, political, cultural and artistic paradigms through their unique visual praxis? What are the inherent, deliberate or perhaps unforeseen implications of such creative dissidence? And how have these acts of resistance shifted public perceptions and altered academic discourses? This colloquium is one which is founded upon interdisciplinary principles and approaches. It is on this account that we seek papers which address both the subversive artistic practices and revolutionary visual frameworks of those working within a variety of periods, genres, regions and fields. We welcome proposals stemming from a diverse array of subjects, including but not limited to the art historical, cultural, literary, socio-political, philosophical, anthropological and historical fields. The following sub-topics may be addressed; however graduate students are encouragedto extend their arguments well beyond the following suggestions for investigation: • Rebellion and Ritual • Illusion and Trickery • Deviance and Morality • Deception and Reception • Objectivity and Subjectivity • Collapse or Rebuilding of Social Constructs • Gender and/or Sexuality • Nationalism, Religion and Identity • Pop Culture and the Media • Politics, Power, Capitalism and Patriarchy • Diasporic and Transnational Art • Modern Graffiti Practice

Abstracts for submission should be no more than 250 words and must be accompanied by a CV. Submissions are due by Tuesday, November 30, 2010 and are to be sent to the Symposium Committee at: gusta.symposium@gmail.com. Successful candidates will be contacted by December 9, 2010.

Claire Dunlop and Angelica Demetriou

Symposium Committee Co-Chairs

Graduate Union of the Students of Art University of Toronto

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IMAGE=GESTURE

The 2011 Nomadikon Conference
 Bergen, November 9-11, 2011

Deadline for submitting 
abstracts: November 10, 2010;Email to:tonje@nomadikon.net

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Martin Jay (UC Berkeley)
Wendy Steiner (University of Pennsylvania)

Libby Saxton (University of London)

More TBA.

Images seduce. Images deceive. Images conceal. Images reveal. Images make 
icons. Images break icons. Images are agents of political struggle. Images
 are sacred. Images are secular. Images are powerful. Images are powerless.
 Images are banal objects. Images are aesthetic artefacts. Images embody 
cultural concepts materially. Images create concepts. Images are bodies
without organs. Images are photographic. Images are cinematic. Images are
 digital. Images are real. Images are reality. Images are mimetic. Images
 are amimetic. Images are currency. Images are worthless. Images want 
something from us. Images witness. Images haunt us. Images are 
fundamentally unknowable. Images are entelechial. Images travel. Images
 are boundless. Images are transmutable. Images are ephemeral. Images are
 excessive. Images are inadequate. Images are mute. Images are language. 
Images are beyond language. Images disturb us. Images hurt us. Images are
 destructive. Images are redemptive. Images are transcendental. Images are
 transparent. Images are opaque. Images are worth more than a thousand
 words. Images are primitive. Images are historical. Images are poetic.
 Images are synechdochic. Images are rhetorical. Images shape the
 imaginary. Images are neural. Images are neutral. Images are ubiquitous.
 Images are haptic. Images are spiritual. Images are matter. Images matter.
 IMAGE=GESTURE.

Abstracts should
 not exceed 400 words. Please include a short bio. Deadline for submitting 
abstracts: November 10, 2010. Nomadikon also intends to publish one or 
more anthologies of articles based on material from the conference.
 

Please submit your abstract to this email address: tonje@nomadikon.net

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Call for Papers – Civil Society, Social Movements and Transitional Justice – 2011 IJTJ Special Issue
The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2011.

The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions for its 2011 special issue titled ‘Civil Society, Social Movements and Transitional Justice,’ to be guest edited by Moses Chrispus Okello, Project Coordinator, Beyond Juba Project and Senior Research Advisor, Refugee Law Project, Uganda and Lucy Hovil, Senior Researcher, Citizenship and Displacement in the Great Lakes region, International Refugee Rights Initiative.Possible topics to be covered in this issue will include:
• Survivor/victim organizations and TJ
• TJ as a social movement
• TJ and the international human rights movement
• International civil society and TJ processes
• Relationship between local, national, transnational and international civil
society
• Political context for civil society operating in periods of transition
• Role of funding and funders: who controls the agenda
• Role of international actors in norm setting and the establishment of models
• Role and influence of civil society – in establishing mechanisms, implementing TJ programmes, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation
• Impact of TJ mechanisms on civil society
• Role of the media
• Role of popular culture
• Engagement of religious actors in TJ processes
• Art and literature
• Civil society, TJ and community-building
• Civil society and schools/curriculum reform
• Limitations of civil society in advocacy (who speaks, who influences?)
• Civil society and outreach programs
• Women’s groups and TJ
• Civil society and DDRPapers should be submitted online from the IJTJ webpage at
http://www.ijtj.oxfordjournals.orgFor questions or further information, please contact the Managing Editor at ijtj@csvr.org.za
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Call for Papers: Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions, México City, 28 July – 2, August 2010
 

Deadline for paper proposal submissions: 20. May, 2010
(Deadline has been extended for all sessions and sub-conferences)
Conference Languages: English, Castilian, German, French and Nahuatl
Languages for presentation: English, Castilian

Conference Homepage:
http://enkidumagazine.com/chics/esc.htm

The primary focus for the seventh edition of this inclusive and interdisciplinary annual conference organized by Enkidu Magazine and the International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies (CHiCS) in Mexico City with the support of the National Human Rights Comission of Mexico, is to interrogate storytelling, memories and identity constructions from a wide range of perspectives, and in their manifold cultural and social manifestations.

Among the themes of interest are the following:

– Narrative and Linguistics
– Linguistic borders and translation
– Narrative and Myth
– Storytelling in rituals, customs, and fetishism.
– Storytelling and Visual/Performing Arts and Music
– Oral Tradition and Contemporary Chronicle
– Postmodernity and its narratives
– Voice and reflexivity in oral and written texts
– Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives
– Globalization and indigenous cultures
– Story, Dialogue and Discourse
– Memory and truth-telling
– Testimonial Narratives
– Memory and Written Record
– Text, Context and Intertext in Storytelling and Performance
– Children’s Stories- Language, Authority and Silence

 

* Paper and panel proposals

The conference languages for presentation will be English and Castilian.

500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organising committee in English, Castilian, German or French.

Final papers should be of approximately 20 – 30 minutes duration (circa 8 – 10 pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops, panel debates and poster sessions will be considered on request.

* Proposals for panel sessions

Typically, a panel of academic papers should include 3 (maximum 4) speakers and 1 moderator (session chair). Each session will last for 2 hours allowing for 30 minutes for each speaker and a further 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposers should submit:

(1) Session title and a session intro (ca 100 words),
(2) Paper titles,
(3) Abstracts for each paper (500 words),
(4) Short biography for each participant and the panel chair (ca 100-150 words),
(5) Institutional affiliation and address for each participant,
(6) Audio-visual and other technical requirements.

If you would like to propose a panel session, and want assistance in finding speakers and/or a session chair, we can publish a call for papers for your panel session on the conference web site and distribute it in our newsletter. If you have an idea for a thematic panel session and would like us to publish a call for papers on the conference website, please send us a proposal by e-mail to identities@enkidumagazine.com

* Proposals for individual papers

Abstracts are to be submitted along with the presenter’s name, short bio, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation.

It is recommended to use this form when submitting a paper proposal:http://www.enkidumagazine.com/chics/esc/esc_registration.htm

However, abstracts will also be accepted as e-mail attachments to identities@enkidumagazine.com All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. You will be notified by 1 June. whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected.

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e-misférica, the online journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, invites proposals for Performance and Film reviews.
* For the upcoming issue on Visuality and Performance (7.1):
Contact hemi.ejournal@nyu.edu by March 15, 2010 to propose a review. Reviews will be due April 10, 2010.
Reviews can be in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Please consult www.emisferica.org for review guidelines and to read past issues of e-misférica.

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Developing Development: Native American and Indigenous Peoples and Questions of Progress
Thursday, February 18, 6-8PM. Kimmel Center, Rm 905.
New York University*
Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 8th, 2010

The Native Peoples Forum, The Native American and Indigenous Students Club, and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs invites participation in its second Native American and Indigenous Roundtable at NYU.

This roundtable considers development both in terms of how Native and Indigenous peoples have worked for their own development and indicators of growth appropriate to their own experiences as well as how outside social and economic development has impacted Native and Indigenous populations and land. The roundtable panel format allows for short, 10-15 minute presentations followed by an extended dialogue between participants, a moderator, and audience members. Scholars, activists, and practioners are welcome to submit a short description of what they would like to present. Works-in-progress are welcome.

To submit a paper or presentation, please email max.liboiron@nyu.edu <mailto:max.liboiron@nyu.edu> with a description or abstract (maximum 250 words), and your institutional or community affiliation as well as any tribal affiliation, if applicable. Participation is open to any member of the NYU community and the Native Peoples Forum. Please note that your submission represents your commitment to present on Thursday, February 18, from 6-8PM at NYU.

This is the second in a series of roundtables that address Native and Indigenous historical, political, cultural and social issues. All events include Native American and Indigenous scholars and researchers from NYU and the Native Peoples Forum. Please note: if there is no native or Indigenous representation on the roundtable, the event will be canceled or postponed.

Future sessions include: Talk About Voices: Native and Indigenous Sociolinguistics and Language, Thursday, April 1, 2010.
For more information, or to participate in upcoming roundtables, please contact max.liboiron@nyu.edu

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CFP: RESISTANCES: counter-conduct, inter-disruptions, and compromising acts

Concordia University | Montréal, Québec
DEADLINE: January 20, 2010
conference dates: April 15 and 16, 2010

keynote: Dr. Amelia Jones

Resistance is not new. Resistance has been done. Is there any hope for resistances of the future? What some would call the failure of resistance to make lasting change confronts the hope for engagement with cynicism. Yet resistance returns when dissent is not accounted for. As we know, resistance and repetition know each other intimately, either as revolution or compulsion. Is this violent intimacy desirable? Indeed, desire and seduction are always already implicated in a discussion of resistance.

While power is dispersed, implicated within us both as disciplinary and dissenting agencies, we bear the scars of these fragmentary forces. How do these conflicts act within and through us?
Resistances, historical and to come, the repetition of resistant acts, the return of revolution, the failure or impossibility of oppositional tactics, the violence of two opposing forces and the underlying violence of consensus – these are some of the discussions we hope to elaborate over the course of this conference.
Finally, does talking about it work? Can we resolve, analyze, work through divisive impasses? Or, is there a limit that resists or even forbids resolution?

By initiating a call on the theme of resistances, we are exposing ourselves to failure:
it is a paradox to solicit resistance, a paradox that we, as catalysts, cannot resolve. But the unresolvable aspects of this paradox are the points of friction from which we hope this event to depart, to take issue…
Papers can engage with aspects of resistance such as:

political, artistic, philosophical, physical, psychoanalytic, ethical

•       resistant viral strains, antibodies

•       historical or contemporary events of resistance, war, apartheid

•       counter-histories, narrative of revolution, micro-political acts, counter-cartographies

•       protest, change, stasis, resistance and the force of law

•       failure, hope, love, intimacy

•       power, public and private

•       violence, solidarity, antagonism

•       memory, trauma, repression

Special call:

As a sub-stream of the Resistances conference, we also invite participants to consider delivering academic papers in non-academic settings. Set-up like flashmobs, these presentations will be given in public spaces for an incidental audience. If interested, please send your submission with a note of interest in being considered for this special call. Please include a suggestion for which public space you think your paper would be best presented in. For example, a paper about migration in an airport or bus station. If you are interested in participating in this special stream but cannot propose a space, we are more than willing to suggest one.

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CFP: Conference on Dark/Death/Thanatourism (New York, April 22-23, 2010)

Abstract Deadline: Please send a 250-word abstract, a 50-word narrative biography, and contact information in one single word or pdf document by January 28, 2010 to brigitte@nyu.edu.

Thanatourism, also known as dark or death tourism, refers to the exhibition, promotion and attraction to sites of violent death, such as former prisons or concentration camps, sites of murders, natural disasters and terror attacks, burial grounds and memorials. These sites are part of the recreational landscape of tourism, which, through the genre of thanatourism, has managed to incorporate this particular form of “negative sightseeing” into what is otherwise an industry dedicated to pleasure, time out of time, and escape, as well as to edification, spiritual experience, and personal transformation.

These are some of the issues that the conference will examine from a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective. The goal is not to compare the politics of memory or the architecture of memorials in different countries, but rather to identify fundamental issues and investigate the ways in which various sites of memory address them (or not).

Until recently, thanatourism has been studied mostly from a management and hospitality perspective. The conference aims to enrich the scholarship on the topic from a variety of methods and disciplines. Related topics include public policy, memory politics, trauma, art, human behavior, commerce, reception, media, and rituals, to name a few. We hope to cover prisons, concentration camps, “houses of terror,” sites of terror attacks and natural disasters, from Argentina to Hungary, New Zealand to New Orleans, Cambodia to Ground Zero.

The conference will take place at New York University on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2010 and will include a keynote speaker in the field. The conference sponsor is “Transitions,” an academic partnership between New York University and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France), and its seminar on memory and memorialization (www.nyucnrs.com).

Please send a 250-word abstract, a 50-word narrative biography, and contact information in one single word or pdf document by January 28, 2010 to brigitte@nyu.edu.



3 Responses to “Call for Papers”


  1. […] just updated the “Call for Papers” section of the site with a few upcoming conference deadlines. It looks like some interesting […]

  2. Hania Says:

    Hi, Naomi.
    Greetings from Poland! Your work seems very perceptive and I am begining to read your blog regularly. I thought that maybe you would be interested in our conference held in Warsaw: “Regions of Memory”, dealing with the memory of atrocities in different regions of the world (www.genealogies.enrs.eu).
    Best regards,
    Hanna

    • n.a. Says:

      Hi Hanna,

      Thanks for posting a comment. Your conference sounds very interesting. I’ll post the CFP for it in the next couple of days, and circulate it to a few friends who I think may be interested in participating. Feel free to keep me posted on the conference or other areas where our research interests overlap.

      Best,
      Naomi


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