The conference will encompass a wide variety of ways of conceiving memory through different cultural and theoretical orientations and disciplinary backgrounds, building a nexus of contained memories. While memory is understood to be integral to the constitution of the self, it works in concert with external repositories of memory ranging from personal mnemonic objects to collective, social, and public memory residing in community traditions, artifacts in museums, and archives, including electronic and other recording systems. Memory is embodied in intergenerational rituals and practices and intangible forms of storytelling, song, and performance, as well as in natural elements and the physical memory forms of monuments and memorials.
Although there are distinct ways of thinking about or containing memory, the edges of containment are porous, enabling encounters between different expressions of memory. By encompassing a wide variety of ways of conceiving memory through different cultural and theoretical orientations and disciplinary backgrounds, it is hoped this conference can build a nexus of contained memories. Papers may originate from a variety of knowledge sources including (but not limited to): anthropology, archeology, art history/criticism, communication studies, cultural studies, customary knowledge, ethnography, film/video studies, fine/visual art, history, geography, landscape architecture, literary theory, material culture studies, memory studies, museum studies, musicology, neuroscience, neuropsychology, performance/theatre, philosophy, photography, psychoanalysis, psychology, rhetorical studies, sociology, and visual culture studies.
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