Recalling the past: A trip down memory lane | November 15, 2013

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Languages Graduate Student Association (LANGSA) - University of Connecticut
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Date: November 15, 2013
Venue: Wilbur Cross Building, 233 Glenbrook Road, Storrs CT

This year's LANGSA conference aims to investigate practices of interpreting, reconciling and representing the past in a variety of fields and genres. Memory studies has grown over the past decade as scholars reach toward an understanding of the way memory, recollection, and verbal and written testimony affect both individual and collective histories. In doing so, memory also affects the construction of language, communities, societies and cultures. This conference allows junior scholars the opportunity to enter into the discourse on current and traditional perspectives on memory that enrich our fields of research and foster cooperation among disciplines. In this way, we might attempt to understand where we come from and invite the past into conversation with our present and our future.

We welcome contributions across all disciplines, including: languages, literature, film, philosophy, political science, linguistics, psychology, education, human rights, American studies, women's studies, journalism, medieval studies, art, art history, digital media studies, theater, music, sociology, history, science, cultural studies, Judaic studies, Latin American studies, fine arts and cognitive science.

Relevant themes and topics may include but are not limited to:

• Violence and memory
• Ideologies, politics and memory
• Testimony and human rights
• Iconography, aesthetics and artistic expression of memory and ideas
• Regional studies – migration, culture, space and memory
• Trauma and memory
• Philosophical theories of memory
• Identity studies and/or identity politics
• Gender studies and collective/individual histories
• Sociolinguistic approaches of memory
• History, historiography, autobiography and biography
• Individual and collective identity throughout past, present and future
• Teaching the past
• Consciousness and psychology
• Neurological understandings of memory
• The Holocaust and memory
• Spaces as artifacts of memory: museums, archives, ruins
• Performance and representation of memory and/or the past

We welcome submissions of individual papers and proposals for panels of 3 - 4 papers in English. Individual papers will be limited to a reading time of 20 minutes (8 - 10 pages), and panels will be limited to one hour. Abstracts should follow the MLA style and be between 100-200 words; they must include a cover letter indicating the title, author's name, affiliation, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and a short biography.

Please send abstracts to by September 16th 2013.