"Re-presenting Memory" - Graduate Student Conference - Submission Deadline: December 25, 2011

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Istanbul University / Department of American Culture and Literature
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International Graduate Student Conference
Call for Papers - "Re-presenting Memory"

"Re-presenting Memory" is the fourth of a series of graduate conferences, organized annually by the Department of American Culture and Literature at Istanbul University. It is part of the "Literature and ..." conferences, the aim of which is to establish an intellectual platform for the discussion of literature in relation to other systems of signification and representation including the cultural, social, political, historical and so on.

"Re-presenting Memory" aims to explore the representation of memory in literature, arts and media as manifested in different domains of human experience. We invite graduate students to present 20-minute papers that address topics which include but are not limited to the following:

• Memory and representation/silence
• Memory and narrative/narratology
• Memoir, testimony, biography/autobiography/confession
• Memory and forgetting/remembering
• Memory and oral history
• Remembering and Representing Trauma
• The memory of objects
• Representations of genocide/slavery/ terrorism/war
• Memory and guilt/denial
• Sensual and corporeal memory
• Nostalgia
• Commercialization/commodification of memory
• Study of memorials/monuments
• Memory and commemoration
• Memory and countermemory
• Memory and exile/diaspora/displacement
• Personal and collective memory
• Memory and identity
• National/racial/ethnic/sexual/class memory
• (Re)constructions of the past
• (Re)construction of history

Please send a 300-word abstract and a 50-word biography to literatureand@gmail.com by December 25, 2011.

Home-Page of the "Literature and..." Conference Series:
http://www.istanbul.edu.tr/ake/Literature_and/index.htm