Cultural Memory and the Remediation of Narratives of Irishness
In recent years, increasing critical attention has been paid to the role of media in shaping experience and cultural memory. While the engagement with the past has been redefined as performative, rather than reproductive, the importance of different media for preserving, retrieving, forming, and producing narratives of nationhood has been emphasised. The special issue of Nordic Irish Studies on Cultural Memory and the Remediation of Narratives of Irishness is devoted to the significance of the mediation and remediation of traditional narratives of the nation for negotiating a sense of Irishness. A key notion for the journal issue is that the dissemination of cultural narratives in literature, films, performances, and visual art more broadly is central to keeping notions of nationhood alive, for engaging with their changing nature, and for critiquing traditional definitions of Irishness. The special issue is concerned with social factors at work in the dynamics of cultural memory-making, but also the "medial frameworks of remembering," what Erll and Rigney have called the "medial processes through which memories come into the public arena and become collective." Narratives of Irishness are considered, in relation to social and medial factors, as a product of cultural memory (an artifact) and as a process, the procedure of how artefacts circulate and interact with the social environment.
We invite papers of 5,000-7,000 words which treat the remediation into literature, film, performance, the visual arts, or another digital and/or electronic medium of narratives of Irishness. Contributions may explore – but are not limited to – such aspects of Irish identity as religion and the Church, gender, class, migration, the landscape, home and belonging, memory, nostalgia, imperialism, and revolt.
Paper abstracts, of 500 words, should be sent to all three editors by May 15, 2012. By May 30, the editors will send their response to abstracts.