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Call for Papers Mnemonics Graduate Summer School ‘Media of Memory’ (Stockholm, 21-23 August 2014)
full name / name of organization:
Pieter Vermeulen, Stockholm University
For the third edition of its annual summer school, the Mnemonics network, an international collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies, invites paper proposals that address the relations between media and cultural memory.
The study of cultural memory is increasingly focusing on the often conflicting, overlapping, fractured, flexible, and dynamic nature of processes of remembrance. This emphasis on the mobility of memory makes the study of the media of memory an urgent task; as memories of the past are always constructed in ongoing processes of remediation, they are subject to the possibilities and constraints of medial carriers. The archiving of vast amounts of data is, for instance, impossible in oral cultures; television and photography, for their part, have enabled more visceral modes of connectedness, while the increased retrievability of the past in a digital age has paradoxically also inspired forms of public amnesia. Questions about media of memory have become all the more urgent through the rise of digital media, which has enabled media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to generate transnational as well as vernacular memory communities.
The summer school welcomes paper proposals that explore the interface of media and memory. Possible topics include, but are emphatically not restricted to:
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She was President of the Modern Language Association of America in 2013. Her recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust (Columbia, 2012), Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory, co-authored with Leo Spitzer (University of California Press, 2010), and Rites of Return: Diaspora Poetics and the Politics of Memory, co-edited with Nancy K. Miller (Columbia, 2011).
Jussi Parikka is a Finnish media theorist and writer, who works as a Reader in Media & Design at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). He is the author of Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses (2007), Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology (2010), and What is Media Archaeology? (2012). Parikka is also Adjunct Professor in Digital Culture Theory at the University of Turku, Finland and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
José van Dijck is a Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where she served as Dean of Humanities from 2008 to 2011. Currently a distinguished visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication in Philadelphia, she is the author of, among others, Mediated Memories in the Digital Age (Stanford, 2007) and The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media (Oxford, 2013).
Each of the three days of the summer school will start with a keynote lecture, followed by sessions consisting of three graduate student papers, responses, and extensive Q&A. In order to foster incisive and targeted feedback, all accepted papers will be precirculated among the participants and each presentation session will be chaired by a senior scholar who will also act as respondent.
Notification of Acceptance
Deadline for Submission of Paper Drafts
Number of Places
Mnemonics organizes an annual summer school around specific themes in memory studies, hosted by each of the partners in turn and lasting three intensive days. Graduate students affiliated with the partner institutions and a number of students external to the network are given the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their research projects. Faculty from all of the partner institutions participate in the discussions, and prominent invited speakers bring their perspectives to the debates.
Here is a list of past and upcoming editions with locations and topics:
2012: Aarhus – Aesthetics and Ethics of Memory
Further information about the network is available from the Mnemonics website at http:// mnemonics.ugent.be/.