Memory in Action: Remembering the Past, Negotiating the Present & Imagining the Future (3/28/2015). Abstracts: 12/1/2014

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Abbes Maazaoui, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Lincoln University, Pennsylvania) is requesting proposals/abstracts for its third international conference, to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The conference theme is "Memory in Action: Remembering the Past, Negotiating the Present, and Imagining the Future." Abstract deadline: December 1, 2014.

This interdisciplinary conference will address the issues of representation, transmission, and circulation of memory, as well as the role of personal, collective, cultural and national memory in determining meanings, values, attitudes and identities. It will also examine how dominant national, religious, racial, sexual or ethnic narratives of the past are reproduced and/or challenged. In addition, the complex processes of memory such as remembering, forgetting, constructing, inhibiting, falsifying, loosing and regaining memories will be analyzed through diverse approaches.

All academic disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences are welcome.

Topics include but are not limited to:
Autobiographical writing, memoirs, life stories, biographies
Memory suppression, destroyed history, lost memory, contested memories
Negotiating one's relationship with the past, mourning, nostalgia, denial
Remembering, delusion, manipulation, selective memory, involuntary memory
Collective memory, sites of memory
Politics of commemoration, anniversaries, memorials, political discourse, media, films
Museums, archives, documentaries, oral history and interviews, photo albums, inheritance
The past post-invasion, post-memory, expulsion, exclusion, rewriting the past
Memory as a tool of exclusion / inclusion; political unions, (re)unification
Artificial memory
Amnesia, posttraumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease
Representations of memory in literature, film, theater, the media, and the arts
Case studies in anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, gender studies, postcolonial studies, psychiatry, etc.

Proposals/abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Please include with your abstract a short biographical note (name, work affiliation (if any), publications, etc), the title of the proposal, and your full contact information. Submission deadline: December 1, 2014. Please send your proposal to Abbes Maazaoui, at maazaoui@lincoln.edu.

A selection of papers (subject to the normal reviewing process and standards) may be published in the Lincoln Humanities Journal. See http://www.lincoln.edu/humanitiesconference/