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Conference “Epistemologies of Memory” (London, 12-13 September 2019)

King’s College London, September 12-13, 2019

Exact location to be confirmed

Confirmed Speakers: Silke Arnold-de Simine, Astrid Erll, Sarah Gensburger, Alma Jeftic, Wulf Kansteiner, Jessica Rapson, Anna Reading, Brian Schiff

Memory studies has in the last three decades quickly grown from a ‘nascent’ to an established field of study with its own association, networks and journals to which multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences contribute. However, at the same time, broader debates on methodology are only starting to emerge. The same is true for the reading of key authors for memory studies by multiple disciplines. Rarely addressed epistemological concerns are very often the grounds for those debates and struggles in this fast extending multidisciplinary field.

At this point in time of institutionalisation of the field we think it is highly appropriate to pause and engage in a debate about the various underlying epistemological positions of our multidisciplinary endeavour to understand memory. Such a debate will strengthen arguments and understanding made about methodologies, about the relation between the individual and the collective, about how ethics and analysis relate to one another, and about the development of analytical concepts in memory studies. Finally, in a time where part of academia calls for an integrative approach of memory, from neurobiology to sociology, it seems urgent for social sciences and humanities to directly address these issues. Here a reflection on epistemologies of memory is a first step towards a debate on ontology of memory, most often left aside in the current discussions on the presence of the past.

Questions this conference will address include:

During the conference, a few invited speakers will address the key questions of the conference during interactive round tables. Preliminary round table plans include ‘Practices and Agency: the diversion between cultural and collective memory studies’, ‘Memory and the self’, ‘A Discipline of memory studies’, Memory: analysis, criticism and activism’.

We welcome abstracts and panel proposals that reflect on these questions in the broadest sense. Case study based papers are also welcomed. We welcome abstracts and proposal from the arts, humanities and social sciences including these disciplines:

300-word abstracts and a biography of a few lines can be submitted by e-mail to kclmemorygroup@gmail.com. The deadline for abstract submission is May 2, 2019.

The organisers also plan to publish selected papers in an edited volume. More information about the possibility of publication will be provided to the presenters during the conference.

Abstract submission deadline: May 2, 2019
Deadline for registration: July 15, 2019
Conference dates: September 12-13, 2019

We are grateful to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London for supporting this conference financially.

Contact Info: 
Thomas Van de Putte: kclmemorygroup@gmail.com
Website: epistemologiesofmemory.com
For more details please visit website.

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