Call for Papers: Trauma Studies in the Digital Age

  • 10-12 May, 2017, University of Amsterdam

Mediated Testimony Symposium

  • 12 June 2017, Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 15 A, Room 202

Call for Papers: Mnemonics 2017 - The Social Life of Memory

  • September 7-9, 2017 at Goethe University Frankfurt

Topographies of Memory in an Uneven World. ACLA Seminar

Topographies of Memory in an Uneven World. ACLA Seminar
  • July 6-9, 2017, Utrecht University
Following the transnational turn in memory studies, it is by now well established that memory narratives, practices, and schemata circulate across cultural and national borders, and that a globalised human rights regime has generated a global memory culture linked to trauma and the recognition of historical grievance. It is becoming evident, however, that local and national memory cultures do not flow evenly across the world, that multidirectionality is sometimes asymmetrical, and that there are points of resistance to hegemonic models and dominant modes of remembrance that deserve critical attention.

In line with these concerns, this seminar aims to work towards a more complex topography of commemorative practices and cultures and of the flows of memory in an uneven world. Ideally, this seminar will help us sharpen and nuance our understandings of transnational memory by reflecting on issues such as the relationship between local and cosmopolitan memories, the shadow areas of global memory and regional transnationalisms. We aim to reconsider some of the founding concepts, theories, and methodologies of memory studies by building on insights from proximate fields such as area studies, history, postcolonial studies and anthropology.

This seminar is organized by Ann Rigney, Rosanne Kennedy, and Michael Rothberg.
It will take place in the context of the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).

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