Memory Economies

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MLA 2015, Vancouver (January 8-11)

What is the relationship between memory and multiple economies: cultural, social, somatic, transnational, capitalist, environmental? The OED defines "economy" as "the way in which something is managed; the management of resources." This seminar is interested in the way memories are managed in a cultural, socio-political, and economic sense. It seeks to explore how and for whom memory constitutes a resource that exists in, as well as independently of various economies and what this means for individuals, societies, and global or transnational communities.

For this MLA special session, we invite papers that consider the relationship between cultural memory and various economies. Please send 350-word abstracts and a short bio by 15 March 2014 to Terri Tomsky ( and Karyn Ball (