Essay needed for a special edition of the journal Parallax on the topic of transcultural memory
Essay required for a special edition of the journal Parallax on the topic of Transcultural Memory:
Skeptical reactions to the rise of memory studies have focused on the viability of concepts such as ‘collective’ memory. Can societies really remember collectively? More to the point, can individuals really remember what they have not directly witnessed or experienced? Is to speak of collective memory simply to speak of ideology, myth or political fantasy? The concept of cultural memory has overcome this binary opposition between the individual and the collective, attending to the cultural ground they share and on which their mediation takes place. How, though, does memory work when events are remembered across and between cultures? In an age of globalization, is it still possible to speak of local and national memory, or do the local and national always exist in implicit and explicit dialogue with the transnational? In addressing these questions, memory studies has, for example, explored the itineraries of cosmopolitan and globalised Holocaust remembrance, tracking Holocaust memory as an international paradigm of human rights, or the way it enters into dialogue with the postcolonial recollection of other modern atrocities. Work on transcultural memory is by no means confined to the Holocaust, but whatever the subject area or approach, it has become increasingly difficult and problematic to isolate representations of the past, which in turn calls attention to the need for the comparative study of memories, their affinities and dialogues across cultures.
A forthcoming, guest-edited, special issue of parallax answers that call, featuring essays by Astrid Erll, Yifat Gutman, Andrew Hoskins, Dirk Moses, Susannah Radstone, and Michael Rothberg, amongst others. The guest-editor seeks one more essay to complete the issue. Any disciplinary/interdisciplinary approach, case study and subject area is welcome. However, it is strongly advised that essay topics and their suitability are discussed with the guest editor before submission.
Potential contributors are encouraged to contact Dr. Rick Crownshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible to discuss proposals, and, following its commission, the essay would be due on May 15th, 2011.
Dr Rick Crownshaw
Department of English and Comparative Literature
University of London
London SE14 6NW
t 020 7 9197432
f 020 7 919 7453
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