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MEMORY REMAINS. Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, March 31 - April 1, 2012
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Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association Call for Papers
March 31 - April 1, 2012
We invite submissions for our sixth annual conference, Memory Remains. Our conference seeks to explore the integral role that memory and its remains play in our daily lives—both in public and private constructions of self and reality, as well as individual and communal narratives. In many ways, Memory Remains examines the transitory and the seemingly permanent. Memory is both there and not there; it occupies the borders of ontology, reaching into our sensory and bodily awareness. In short, we rely on our capacity to remember to draw conclusions about both ourselves and others; and yet memory is, at its base, unreliable, biased, and transient. Our conference invites the interrogation of memory and its products, remains, from across a number of different intellectual fields. We encourage an examination of why memory might be important to the Humanities and Social Sciences, even as we ask for a critical engagement with its impermanent and complicated structure.
Memory’s remains are left over after a moment or an event’s conclusion: ruins in former Colonial spaces, ephemera in archives, remnants of student writing, practiced or rehearsed personal narratives. Ours is a bold pronouncement that argues for the haunting quality, but also the resilience of memory and its fundamental role in shaping human identity. We welcome submissions across an array of disciplines—literary studies, composition studies, narratology, anthropology, philosophy, rhetoric, cinema studies, psychology, sociology, geography, political science, history, the visual arts, or even biology and neuroscience—as well as methodologies.
You may submit panel proposals, for three participants, of 750 words or individual abstracts of 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than December 16, 2011. Please include your name(s) and university affiliation(s).
Call for Art: We are also seeking original artwork, in any medium, for a conference-sponsored art exhibit that explores this year’s theme. Works of art will be displayed through the conference event. Art submissions should include an image of the work, the title, media and dimensions, and artist’s contact information. Send submissions to email@example.com by no later than December 16, 2011.
We urge scholars to comb through their own memory recesses for intellectual questions related to the construction, deployment, and absence of memory and its remains.