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ACTS OF REMEMBRANCE IN CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVES IN ENGLISH: OPENING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE. 24-26 APRIL 2013
full name / name of organization:
“Contemporary Narrative in English" Research Team. University of Zaragoza, Spain.
Constanza del Río <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Maite Escudero <email@example.com>
Memorials, commemorations, testimonies, memoirs, narratives that attempt to excavate traumatic memories from their ruins and ashes or to reconstruct an all too painful individual or collective historical past … All these acts of remembrance have become hallmarks of our contemporary age: the age of trauma, victims and perpetrators. And all of these exert an essential role in bearing witness to the omission, presence, and even (re)-imagining of certain events, either hegemonic or marginal, thus posing challenges to memory’s inherent selectivity and distortions. The presence of past traumatic memories can be as revealing as unsettling; it may open new paths of ontological and epistemological enquiry and, yet, simultaneously or alternatively, close all venues of collective and personal remembrance. However poignant and overwhelming the traces of the past may be, particularly in the act of remembering moments of rupture, displacement and extreme suffering, such remains must be acknowledged and embraced for any possible future to exist. If we are to move beyond a teleological and linear conception of memory in which pain and suffering are left out for the sake of historical and personal progress, attention should be paid to those remnants as they may become the germ for new perspectives on social and political interventions.
We welcome contributions that explore these and other related issues.
• Memory and testimony narratives in contemporary literatures in English.
Abstracts between 400-500 words should be sent to the organizers by December 1st, 2012. Author information is to be sent in a separate sheet, including name, filiation, contact address, a bio-note and a paper title.
Constanza del Río (firstname.lastname@example.org)