Cultural Memories--Comparative Partitions April 1/June 3-4 2013

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AHRC Research Network "Partitions: What Are They Good For?" (UK)
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Call for Papers
Partitions and Cultural Memory

An International symposium as part of the AHRC Research Network Partitions: What Are They Good For?

Organised by
School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University
School of English, University of St Andrews

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new AHRC funded research network called Partitions: What Are They Good For? which is a comparative partitions studies network devoted to cutting-edge, international and interdisciplinary research on political partitions across a wide historical and geographical span.

Everyday contemporary life has been shaped, to some extent, by the political partitioning of nations. 9/11, the continued threat of nuclear wars, the rising fundamentalist threat of Islam, the increased military interventions by a 'retaliating' West are all considered to be some of the results of the partitions of Palestine and India. For those of us who live in Europe, partitions, reunifications and the threats of partition (or promises of independence) punctuate our daily news. For many different reasons, this is a timely moment to examine the phenomenon of partitions and their repercussions on a global scale and to see how events, people, histories and ideas are all powerfully linked to each other.

We propose to organise three symposia over the next few months, all focussing on different areas in the wide field of partition studies. These events will be linked with community engagement events of various kinds, and the best papers and responses from the symposia will be published as part of an edited collection.

We are now calling for proposals for the first symposium, to be held on June 3rd-4th at Cardiff University, on Partition and Cultural Memory. Questions we hope to engage with include:

• How is cultural memory formed in the aftermath of a partition?
• What is the relationship between memory and ethnic or racial difference?
• How do people remember the nation prior to partition?
• Does the nation-state shape forms of memory?
• What is the relationship between cultural and personal memory in partition victims?
• How do post-memories mediate future generations and citizenships?

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and papers on any relevant topics will be considered. We welcome submissions from any relevant discipline including literature, history, sociology, philosophy, law, sociology, cultural studies, women's studies, and politics.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words and a short biographical statement to by April 1, 2013.