Event, Memory, Re-membering: One Hundred Years of Jallianwalla Bagh

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Event, Memory, Re-membering: One Hundred Years of Jallianwalla Bagh  (2-4 October 2019 at IIT Madras)
   At this conference, in keeping with the current Cognitive Studies’ preference of examining memory as a process of active re-creation rather than passive recollection, and in collaboration with the Virtual Reality team at Tata Consultancy Services, we attempt to virtually recreate the event of Jallianwalla Bagh thereby making history accessible in more experiential terms. Texts and narratives including literature, movies, music, archival material, photographs, monuments etc about such events can serve as potential sites of enquiry in alignment with VR tools. Using technology as an emotional and evocative medium, alongside other narratives, many interdisciplinary possibilities for research may be opened up under the broad area of Memory studies. It also, most importantly, seeks to showcase how a violent event from the past with overt imperial/political undertones could be used as a starting point in locating the interstices of literature, memory, empathy and virtual reality.We invite papers based on original research, focusing on but not limited to the following broad and related themes in relation (directly as well as comparatively) to the event in question:

  • Event, nation and narratives
  • Event, memory and archived history
  • Event, nation and forgetting
  • Event, forgetting and forgiving
  • Traumatic and narrative memories
  • Collective memory and hegemonic historical knowledge
  • Nationalist historiography and its limits
  • Imperialism, resistance and re membering
  • The politics of producing and consuming history 
  • Fact, fabulation and fiction

Selected papers will be  considered for publication in an edited volume from Springer. Important Dates:Deadline for sending Abstracts (250 words) to jbmconferenceiitm@gmail.com  is 15 August 2019.
The selected presenters will be notified by 1 September 2019. Please send in the full papers before 25 September 2019. Accommodation:Selected paper presenters will be provided free accommodation from 2-4 October 2019 (for two nights) in Taramani Guest House, IIT Madras.
Registration:Registration fee: Rs.4000/- (spot registration payable in cash)
Includes conference kit, accommodation for two nights, refreshments, and two conference lunches.
Further details of the conference are available in the event website https://jbmconferenceiitm.wordpress.com 
We thank you in advance for circulating this and look forward to seeing most of you at the event in October. Please do not hesitate to write to us should you require any further formal or informal information.  Best regards,Merin Simi Raj and Avishek Paruimerin@iitm.ac.in; avishekparui@iitm.ac.inIIT Madras