Cultures of Commemoration 11-12 July 2014
Taking as a starting point the range of events which will mark the commemoration of WWI in 2014, this conference considers the place occupied by commemorative practices in contemporary literature and culture. We welcome contributions which examine how different 'pasts' and key historical moments – including, but not exclusively, the First World War – are memorialised, fictionalised, and at times commercialised, in the present.
Possible areas of interest include:
• Remembering/consuming the past in contemporary literature and culture
• The presentation of past military conflicts in contemporary literature and culture
• Memory, memorialisation, and the function of loss in contemporary literature and culture
• Neo-historical returns to the past in contemporary literature and culture
• 'Dark tourism' and the fascination with past traumas in contemporary literature and culture
• Exhausting the past: commemoration fatigue and forgetting in contemporary literature and culture
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Dr Victoria Stewart (University of Leicester, UK)
Dr Rosario Arias (University of Málaga, Spain)
Plus a storytelling event with acclaimed storyteller and author Dr Simon Heywood (University of Derby, UK)
Please send an abstract (300 words max) for a 20mn paper and a brief biographical note to Dr Christine Berberich (Christine.Berberich@port.ac.uk) and Dr Elodie Rousselot (Elodie.Rousselot@port.ac.uk) by 14 February 2014. Contributions from the fields of literary studies, cultural studies, film and visual arts very welcome.