Spaces in Transit: Literary and Cultural Responses to Mnemonic Landscapes

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Lourdes López-Ropero
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CFP Seminar “Spaces in Transit: Literary and Cultural Responses to Mnemonic Landscapes”

The European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

15th ESSE Conference

August 31-September 4, 2020, Lyon, France

Seminar “Spaces in Transit: Literary and Cultural Responses to Mnemonic Landscapes”

This seminar aims to look at issues of memory and spatialization. By space in transit we refer to the dynamic and malleable nature of space, which becomes apparent in configurations linked to collective memories about the past, subjected as they are to ongoing negotiations and interpretations (e.g.: monuments, memorials, architecture, ruins, topographic features). Can inter-medial representations of space contribute to illuminate the complex dynamics of memory? Do literary and cultural artefacts have the potential to function as sites of memory themselves, in the absence or failure of material sites?. Our particular focus is on literary and cultural representations of urban space associated with collective memories, but we will also consider explorations of memory and space from a broader perspective.

Seminar convenors:

Lourdes López-Ropero (University of Alicante, Spain) Lourdes.lopez@ua.es and Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz (University of Warsaw, Poland) m.a.sokolowska-paryz@uw.edu.pl

Please, send 200-250 word abstracts and a bionote to both convenors by 15 January 2020.

A book project will be launched based on selected papers.

Conference website  http://www.esse2020lyon.fr/fr/pages/esse-2020-home