Collective Memory and Collective Knowledge in a Global Age - An Interdisciplinary Workshop
17-18 June 2007, London
The Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics (LSE) will host a 2 day interdisciplinary workshop which aims to bring together 15-20 researchers from all academic discourses researching 'Collective Memory and Collective Knowledge in a Global Age’. The workshop will provide an opportunity for an exciting and challenging discussion of the issue that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
With awareness that contemporary times are characterised by transformations that bring into question orthodox and (nation)statist views of social reality, the last decades have seen the (attempted) ‘global’-ization of academic concepts, such as global governance, global civil society, global culture, global state, global democracy, global media and global public sphere. So, what about 'global collective memory' and 'global collective knowledge'? Today, the study of collective memory has become an established endeavor in a variety of academic discourses and disciplines, from cultural studies to political science and sociology. Yet, the majority of works approach collective memory from a (nation)statist and/or cultural-specific point of view. Can the concepts of collective memory and collective knowledge be conceptualised for a 'global age'? What theoretical challenges does this attempt encounter?
We invite theoretical or applied papers that address the following two broad issues and related questions:
1. Critical engagement with the ‘global’-ization of academic concepts:
-- How useful is the attribute 'global'?
-- What does it 'mean' and how can it be usefully operationalised as an academic concept?
-- What is its relation with terms and concepts such as 'cosmopolitan', 'universal', 'international', 'transnational'?
2. Conceptualisation of memory and knowledge in a 'global' context
-- How can the concepts of collective memory and collective knowledge be conceptualised in a 'global age'?
-- Is global collective memory a coherent entity or is it the sum of partial collective memories?
-- Are there something like 'global memory site'?
-- Does global collective memory assume a 'global identity'?
We especially encourage early career researchers with innovative views and approaches to apply to attend the workshop.
Date of Workshop:
17-18 June 2007
Please send paper proposals (a 400-word-abstract, including your current institutional position/ affiliation and contact details) to Sabine Selchow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for proposals:
Friday, 23 March 2007 (applicants will be notified by 30 March 2007)
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