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POSTMEMORY AND CONTEMPORARY WORLD - 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference (Online) (Online Conference)

Gdansk, Poland
Organization: InMind Support
Event: Online Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, French, British, German, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, 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, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-02-23 to 2023-02-24 Abstract Due: 2023-02-05

Conference online (via Zoom)


Coined by Marianne Hirsch in the 1990s, the term postmemory by now entered various disciplines who search to understand how memory form our identity and how we position, articulate or just make sense of our place in the society and our relations with it. The term postmemory problematizes the concept of memory by bringing attention to the memories that are not exactly personal but that keep on shaping one’s life and one’s  way of seeing the world.

       During our conference we would like to concentrate on the phenomenon of postmemory and how it keeps on shaping the contemporary world.

  We are interested in all aspects of postmemory: in its individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world, and in its potential to direct the future. Whose memory is postmemory: that of generations, communities, nations or families? How is it maintained and passed on? What is the role of imagination in its creation? What is remembered and what is forgotten? Is it always the memory of traumatic experience? How can it be taught and studied? These are some of the questions that inspired the idea of the conference.

      We would like to explore the phenomenon of postmemory in its multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. As usual, we also want to devote considerable attention to how these phenomena appears in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name a few.

  Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

  We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students.

      We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

  Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

I.  Individual experiences:

Postmemory and trauma
Postmemory and recovery
Postmemory and imagination
Postmemory and artefacts
Postmemory and personal memories

II.  Collective experiences

Postmemory and its sources
Postmemory and mythology
Generational postmemory
Postmemory and social non-acceptance
Postmemory and solidarity
Postmemory and territory

III.  Remembering and Forgetting

Postmemory and forced forgetting
Postmemory and forced remembering
Teaching postmemory
Negotiating postmemory
Studying postmemory
Forgetting/remembering for recovery
Postmemory and its purpose
Postmemory and allegiances 

IV.  Representations

Testimonies and memories
Genres of Postmemory
Postmemory in literature
Postmemory in film
Postmemory in theatre
Postmemory in visual arts
Creating as experience
Postmemory and urban planning
Postmemory and urban art
Rural Postmemory
Postmemory in the nature
Materialism of postmemory
Nonhuman postmemory

V.  Feelings and Practices

Sadness of postmemory
Fear of postmemory
Postmemory and nostalgia
Postmemory and grief
Postmemory and loneliness
Postmemory and change
Living postmemory
Rituals of postmemory

VI.  Institutionalization

Postmemory and nation-state
Postmemory and identity politics
Postmemory and ideology
Postmemory and religion
Postmemory and punishment systems
Postmemory and army
Postmemory and school
Postmemory and museums
Monuments of postmemory
Sites and cities of postmemory
Economy of postmemory
Language of postmemory

VII.  The Contemporary World

Postmemory and postcomunism
Postcolonialism, decolonization and postmemory
Neoliberalism and postmemory
Postmemory and migration
Postmemory and globalization
Postmemory and nationalism
Postmemory and new media
Postmemory and political correctness
Postmemory and natural disasters

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 5 February 2023 to: conferencememory@gmail.com.



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