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“The Place of Memory and the Memory of Place” International Conference

Organization: London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, World Literatures, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Science
Event Date: 2022-06-17 to 2022-06-19 Abstract Due: 2022-01-31

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Selected papers will be published in a post-conference volume with an ISBN number.

Memory is a major theme in contemporary life, a key to personal, social and cultural identity. Scholars have studied the concept from different perspectives and within different disciplines: philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, architecture, urban design, and the interdisciplinary “place studies”. According to Pierre Nora, places of memory or lieux de mémoire refer to those places where “memory crystallizes and secretes itself”; the places where the exhausted capital of collective memory condenses and is expressed. To be considered as such, these sites must be definable in the three senses of the word: material, symbolical and functional, all in different degrees but always present. What makes them a memory site is the interplay of memory and history, the interaction of both factors, which allows their reciprocal over-determination.

“The Place of Memory and the Memory of Place” International Conference aims to spark new conversations across the field of memory and place studies. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

 monuments and sites of trauma
 childhood homes
 city space and sightseeing
 burial places (graves, cementaries, necropoleis)
 ruins and forgotten places
 heterotopias and heterochronies
 toponymy and topoanalysis
 cartography and mapmaking

The conference will bring together scholars from different fields including philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, literature, linguistics, architecture, geography and others.

Paper proposals up to 250 words should be sent by 31 January 2022 to: memory@lcir.co.uk. Download the paper proposal form on https://memory.lcir.co.uk

Conference Venue: St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford



Dr. Gabriele Biotti