CFP: [International] Living Memory - Remembering Reinventing Forgetting

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Chiara Gamboz
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EMPA’S Annual Postgraduate Symposium
Call for Papers

Living Memory
Remembering, Reinventing and Forgetting

Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It
is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which
dead cities lie interred. â€" Walter Benjamin

One of the most significant and exciting recent developments in the
contemporary humanities has been the rapidly expanding preoccupation with
the study of memory. Memory has the capacity to challenge the idea of
truth and to rewrite empirical histories. In an age of digital
reproduction, globalization, trans-nationalism and increasing challenges
to the metanarratives of history, memory has the potential to destabilize
the past and reshape the present. In one way or another Literature,
Music, Visual Art and Performance have always traded in the tensions
between memory and history, truth and falsehood, the objective and
subjective. But is memory more than a deconstructive tool? What is
memory itself? How do we write, dance, figure, or perform memory? What is
the relation between memory and history, and what role do art, music
performance and the body play in preserving or re-writing the past?

The School of English, Media and Performing Arts at UNSW welcomes
proposals from postgraduate students and encourages engagement with an
array of critical and creative approaches to this year’s theme. Key
words that may inform your proposal include:
Affect Image Simulate
Amnesia Mnemonics Sexual Memory
Aural Memory Monument Sound
Cognition Nation Temporal
Creative Process Nostalgia Time
Delusion Oral Memory Transit
Dementia Preservation Vision
Diaspora Prosthetic Memory Visual
Embodiment Reparation Waste
Hearing Representation Wound
Identity Sensory Youth

To register your interest, please email a 250 word abstract, as a Word
document, to Chiara Gamboz at no later than 1
September 2008. Please include a title of your work, your name,
institution, email address and contact details. Proposals for academic
papers, creative works and performance pieces all welcome. Presentations
are for 20 minutes. Registration is free.

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