The Future of Memory:
An International Holocaust and Trauma Studies Conference
Professor Cathy Caruth, Emory University
Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway University of London
Professor Susan Rubin Suleiman, Harvard University
Professor James Young, University of Massachusetts Amherst
English Research Institute (Dept of English), Manchester Metropolitan University;
The Institute for Social, Cultural and Policy Research, University of Salford;
Department of French Studies, University of Manchester
10 – 12 November 2005
During the 1980s and 1990s, Holocaust and trauma studies emerged at the forefront of interdisciplinary academic debate as scholars sought to articulate and analyse the diverse inscriptions of traumatic memory in cultural, social, psychic and political life. As a distinctly dynamic project, the study of the Holocaust and trauma more generally has established critical agendas that focus on the ethical parameters of representing horrific events; the modes of transmission and lived experience of traumatic history; the centrality of secondary, proxy or vicarious witnessing; the generic diversity of survivor testimony; the material cultures and landscapes of memory; the creative disorders of memory; the dialectical relationship of remembering and forgetting; the affective realms of memory and the politics of melancholy and mourning. In the light of these diverse debates, the aim of this conference is to reflect critically upon the memorial legacies and possible memorial futures of Holocaust and traumatic experience.
The organizers are keen for the conference to address the ways in which the traumatic memories of the 20th and 21st centuries and their interdisciplinary conceptualisation will change and exist beyond their/this time. Key questions might include: which experiences and events can be remembered and which will be forgotten? What kinds of memory might be transmitted in the future? What form will memory take in the near and distant future? Can memory ever secure a future for the past?
The organisers invite 300-word abstracts on topics broadly related to the above questions from the fields of Architecture, Comparative and Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Film and Media Studies, Geography, History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Visual Arts, Women's and Gender Studies. Submission deadline for abstracts: 1st March 2005.
Organisers: Rick Crownshaw (Manchester Metropolitan University), Jane Kilby (University of Salford), Antony Rowland (University of Salford) and Ursula Tidd (The University of Manchester).
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