Truth and Truths: Memory, Identity, Nation

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Wayne State University
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Truth and Truths: Memory, Identity, and Nation


The concepts of nation, identity, and memory impact our lives in different ways as we use our own/individual perspective and methods to accept and process these ideas into our lives. These representations tend to empower us to take a stand with or against issues that can change our lives and our world. But what separates the truth from the false? Are there multiple truths? Where do we find truth? In our identity, our memories, or our nations? One can only speculate that the definition of the truth is shaped by one’s experiences, perceptions, and preconceived notions. Hence, when analyzing documents, patterns, and data from the past and the present, one can assume that we can predict patterns of how truth and truths are defined and applied by societies. How do we allow our nationality and memories to identify who we are? And where does truth lie? Memory is a vital concern when people convey details and provide explanations concerning issues on a larger scale.  In the process we use stories (representations of the past and memories, both personal and collective) not only to make sense of our experiences, but to justify decisions and to profit from the experience of the past and of others in making current decisions about the present and the future.


Abstracts for 20-minute papers are welcome. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. The conference accepts papers that include but are not limited to:

  • Religious Identities
  • Personal and Collective Memory
  • Patriotism vs. Nationalism
  • Historical Representations of Identity
  • Truth and Post-Truths
  • Connotations of Nationalism
  • Representations of Identity, Memory, and Nation in Literature and Media
  • Nations: Representations of Privilege and Oppression


To apply, please submit an abstract and a brief bio to Ahmed Bitar, by Friday, February 15, 2019.


The conference will take place at Wayne State University on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The conference is held by The Graduate Forum in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Wayne State University.