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Conference “Migration, Adaptation and Memory” (Gdańsk, 21-22 September 2017)

6th International Interdisciplinary Memory Conference
University of Gdańsk, Poland, 21-22 September 2017

University of Gdańsk (Poland)
McGill University (Canada)
InMind Support (Poland)

Organizing Committe:
Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk: Department of Languages; Research Unit for Dream, Memory and Imagination Studies
Amanda Chalupa and Deniz Kilinc – McGill University: Social & Transcultural Psychiatry

How do we remember and represent our migration experiences? Who is involved in these processes? How does history remember these events and experiences? What helps migrants and societies to adapt? The significance of these and related questions have made their way into our daily lives. From the refugee crisis to policy decisions, individual psychotherapy to (re)building identities, communities, and memories, this year’s conference themes are ever-present. We strongly believe in the value of approaching these topics from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective, in order to engage various perspectives on these pressing issues we encounter today.

The previous editions of the Memory series conferences, which have brought together more than five hundred scholars from around the world, have addressed the relationship between memory and solidarity (“Solidarity, Memory and Identity”, 2012), memory and dreams (“Dreams, Phantasms and Memories”, 2013), memory and forgetting (“Memory: Forgetting and Creating”, 2014), memory and nostalgia (“Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia”, 2015), and trauma and recovery (“Memory, Trauma and Recovery”, 2016).

In 2017, we turn our attention to processes that are integral to human experience: migration, adaptation, and memory. We are interested in all aspects of migration and adaptation experience, in their individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world. We would like to examine the role of memory, the processes of migrating and adapting to various dynamic life circumstances, across time, space, culture, language, and discipline.

Therefore, we strive to represent and discuss the crossroads of migration, adaptation, and memory in their multiple representations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, neurological, organizational, methodological, economic, political, and many others. As usual, we will also devote considerable attention to how these phenomena appear and transform in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre, and visual arts. This is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, history of literature, theatre studies, film studies, design, project management, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name a few.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, personal reflections, problem-oriented arguments, comparative analyses, and creative expressions.

We will be happy to hear from experienced scholars and young academics, doctoral and graduate students, as well as professionals from various disciplines. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without the obligation to give a presentation.

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not limited to:



Humanitarian work, Governments and NGOs

Medical sciences

Philosophy and Worldviews (Eastern, Western, Indigenous…)

Political Sciences and Law

Psychology and Psychiatry

Sociology and Anthropology

Economics and Business

Deadline for paper proposals: 23 July 2017
Notification of acceptance:  25 July 2017
Deadline for early-bird registration: 20 August 2017
Final deadline for registration: 31 August 2017

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 23 July 2017 to:

The conference language is English.

A selection of papers will be published in a post-conference volume.

Contact Info:
Prof. Wojciech Owczarski
Contact Email:

For more details please visit website.


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