War Memories – Memory Wars: Violence in Contemporary Spain
University College, Cork
16-17 September 2005
War and memory are highly topical issues in contemporary Spanish cultural studies. Spain is currently engaged in a recuperation of her recent past, particularly with regard to the Civil War of 1936-39; she is currently struggling with the problem of terrorism within her own borders, as a result of ETA’s war for an independent Basque Country, but also as a consequence of the West’s generalized ‘war on terror’ since 9/11; and she has responded in various ways to the contentious European and Middle Eastern wars of the later 20th century which, following the end of the Cold War and the break-up of the Soviet Union, have led to a realignment of the balance of world power as an East/West conflict.
Proposals for twenty-minute papers are invited from speakers who work on Spanish cultural and historical memory in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Relevant areas might include: theory and practice in the recuperation of war memories; contemporary views of the Spanish Civil War; oral and written testimonies of war; post-war violence and memory; silence and silencing; the experience of exile; women, war and violence; literary, visual and filmic interpretations of war and violence; regional nationalism and violence; racism and social conflict; reactions to war elsewhere; the aftermath of 9/11; 11-M; echoes of 711. Following the conference, the organizers intend to publish a volume of select papers.
Confirmed keynote speakers: Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas, critic and novelist; Professor Helen Graham, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Proposals for twenty-minute papers should be sent by Friday 3 December 2004 to the organizers:
Dr Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (contact information provided below)
Dr Anne Walsh, Department of Hispanic Studies, University College, Cork, Ireland, Email: A.Walsh@ucc.ie
Dr Roberta Quance, Dept of Spanish and Portuguese,Queen’s University,Belfast BT7 1NN,Northern Ireland; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Alison Ribeiro de Menezes
Department of Spanish
Phone: 00 353 1 7168121
Fax: 00 353 1 7161175 Email: email@example.com
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