Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution of higher learning sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, in its ongoing commitments to advancing historical remembrance, critical reflection and moral resolve and to promoting dialogue among diverse communities, announces an interdisciplinary symposium on the uses of collective memory in St. Louis.
How do local, national, and transnational institutions deploy memory and forgetting to form and reform local identities and cultures? What types of recollection are privileged? How do race, religion, gender, class, immigration status, etc. mediate these recollections? How are memories implicated in decisions about the political, cultural, and economic landscape of St. Louis? How is memory an element of social responsibility or marginalization? How might alternative memories promote the flourishing of the common good?
This conference is interdisciplinary and encourages connections among academic disciplines, including cultural studies, theology, urban studies, literature, history, architecture, religion, philosophy, fine arts, social science, law, psychology, political science, and others.
Topics might include but are not at all limited to:
* Memorials, monuments, tourist and historic sites
* The Church's role in forming economic and social institutions
* Immigrants, past and present
* Suburbanization and urban space
* Activism and social justice
* Religious imagination
* Faith-based struggles for justice
* Physical environment, landscape, population decline
* Sports and economics
* Study of specific neighborhoods/groups in St. Louis
The conference takes place October 21-23, 2010.
Deadline for abstracts is April 16, 2010; decisions will be made by June 1, 2010. Panel proposals are also welcome.
Please send 500-word abstracts to:
Corinne Taff, 314.719.3640
Interdisciplinary Studies and Center for Migration, Memory, and Identity
* Ben Moore, Ph.D., English and Communication
* Randy Rosenberg, Ph.D., History, Philosophy and Religion
* Corinne Taff, M.A., M.F.A., Interdisciplinary Studies
* Mary Beth Gallagher, Ph.D., Mission Integration
* Jasna Meyer, Ph.D., English and Communication
* Patrick McCarthy, M.S., M.A., Medical Center Library, Saint Louis University
* Jamie Wagman, M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies
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