UPDATE: [International] Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe (Lisbon, Dec. 2008)

full name / name of organization: 
Diana Gonçalves

       Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe
           Research Centre for Communication and Culture
                    LISBON, 2-3 DECEMBER 2008

The international conference Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping
of Europe opens a series of international conferences on Culture and
conflict organized by the Research Centre for Communication and Culture.
The conference will address, on an interdisciplinary basis and across
several media, the way conflict and memory have reshaped the face of
Europe in the twentieth century.

The conference aims to discuss processes of memory construction
associated with the realities of war, colonialism and genocide, as well
as cooperation and trans-border dialogue. The event wishes to provide
further insight into our understanding of the historical, psychological,
social, political, ethical and aesthetic aspects of the representation of
conflict, trauma and resentment, both as a lasting feature of Europe’s
legacy, and as a creative force that is moulding its future.

After having experienced the end of the European supremacy and years of
unprecedented destruction and nihilism, the end of the Cold War brought
about new tensions and perplexities with social and political expression
at the national level and with international and trans-national
repercussions. Likewise, the re-emergence of Europe as a Union â€" a
project devised to insure peace, prosperity and a new equilibrium in the
global age â€" does not mean that the consequences of the countless
historical atrocities, across its territory and beyond, are forgotten. On
the contrary, memory activity is an ongoing process inherent to a
critical re-examination of official historiography and to the narratives
of all those - individual, group or community â€" who want to invest their
experiences with cultural meaning.

Proposals for papers should address the following four thematic areas:

Thematic Area # Issues considered as focal points of the Conference

     1 - Conflict as a culturally productive force in the
                 formation of Europe
                 - The Cold War and the shaping of memory
                 - Post-1989 European cartographies of memory production

     2 - Conflict and the arts/Conflicts in the arts
                 - The architecture of memory: from stone to screen
                 - Gazing over the past: visual media and remembrance

     3 - Media events and conflict
                 - The wars of memory in our global age and in our high-
                 tech societies
                 - Engendering oblivion and sexing memories

     4 - Cultural memory, identity and citizenship in a
                 multicultural and multiethnic Europe

Invited Speakers (presence to be confirmed):
Aleida Assmann (U. Konstanz, Germany)
Tony Judt (New York University, USA)
Jan Klima (Faculty of Humanities Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic)
Timothy Snyder (University of Yale, USA)
Juli Zeh (Writer, Germany)
Josep Sanchez Cervelló (Univ. Rovira y Virgil, Tarragona, Spain)
Inês Flunser Pimentel (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

200-word paper abstracts and a short vita should be sent by email to
cultureandconflict_at_fch.lisboa.ucp.pt until May 30 2008. The working
languages of the conference are Portuguese and English. Paper
presentations should last about 20 minutes. Abstracts will be subject to
revision by the Organizing Committee. Participants who wish to have their
papers considered for publication in a peer-reviewed volume entitled
Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe should submit the
written version (max. 25000 characters) no later than February 28, 2009.

The Conference fee is 30 Euros for those delivering papers and 60 Euros
for those wishing to attend the Conference. These fees include lunch on
the two days of the meeting. Payment information will be provided soon.


Organizing Committee:
Helena Gonçalves Silva
Filomena Viana Guarda
José Miguel Sardica
Adriana Martins
Diana Gonçalves

CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture
I CECC Conference on Culture and Conflict
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisboa â€" PORTUGAL

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