Memory and Movement

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Graduate Center for Literary Research at UC Santa Barbara
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Call for Papers: Memory and Movement

6th Annual Graduate Center for Literary Research Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday, May 4, 2019

University of California, Santa Barbara

The study of memory has developed dynamically, transculturally, transnationally, and through ongoing scientific and sociohistorical discoveries and changes. This year, in collaboration with UCSB’s Memory Studies Reading Group, the Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) invites proposals that examine the interplay between memory and movement through a wide range of perspectives and disciplines. How does memory guide forms of movement, and how does movement affect memory? How do we balance progress and preservation? How does memory represent or redefine historical, social, and political movements? How do scientific and digital developments preserve, alter, or reconstruct memory?

We welcome submissions from across the disciplines of the humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Memory and migration
  • Memory, displacement, diaspora
  • Memory, activism, agency
  • Mobility justice and memory
  • Collective memory, individual memory, shared memory, transgenerational trauma
  • Memory and the Anthropocene
  • Movement of memory in world literature and culture
  • Memory in local and/or global frameworks
  • Movement of memory across borders – national, cultural, social, physical
  • Dynamic relationship among past, present, and future
  • Memory, emotion, and affect
  • Cognitive neuroscience and memory
  • Embodied memory
  • Memorial processes and performances
  • Mediated memory
  • Memory in a digital age

Michael Rothberg, the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address on “The Implicated Subject: Art, Activism, and Historical Responsibility.” Arguing that the familiar categories of victim, perpetrator, and bystander do not adequately account for our connection to injustices past and present, Rothberg offers a new theory of historical responsibility through the figure of the implicated subject. Implicated subjects occupy positions aligned with power and privilege without being themselves direct agents of harm; they contribute to, inhabit, inherit, or benefit from regimes of domination but do not originate or control such regimes. Through examples of implication taken from different national contexts, including South Africa and the United States, and from different social realms, including art and activism, the lecture will illustrate how the position of the implicated subject can offer a lens for addressing different scales and temporalities of injustice, but can also provide a lever for rethinking resistance and solidarity across social location.

Interested graduate students should submit a 250-word abstract and a short bio (including academic affiliation) to GCLR Student Coordinator Dalia Bolotnikov Mazur (dbolotnikov@ucsb.edu) by Monday, April 15th. Advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply. If you have any questions, please email dbolotnikov@ucsb.edu or visit our website: http://www.complit.ucsb.edu/gclr/conference.