Memory: Staging, Praxis & Practice
In considering the Ars Memoriae, Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) envisioned a universe of many worlds, many dimensions. The practice of remembering and forgetting had profound political, intellectual, social, religious and cultural consequences in the medieval and early modern world. Frequently, the past served as a legitimising force, helping to justify the actions of the present or to graph future perspectives. It was therefore vehemently contested, habitually revised and amended, or even exploited. This two-day conference provides an opportunity for scholars to discuss the numerous ways in which memory practices influenced the pre-modern world.
Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
Memory and the Epic Hero/Heorine Memory and Romance Legend
Memory, Custom and Community Material and Artistic Repositories of Memory
The Fallibility of Memory Memory, the Law and the State
Memory and Religion Idealised Memory
Amnesia and Other Forms of Forgetting Memory and Geography
Nostalgia and Commemoration The Uses and Abuses of Memory
Individual vs Collective Memories Death, Memory and the Afterlife
Memory and Music/Musicology Memory and Art/Art History
Professor Brian Cummings, University of York: Shakespeare and the Rites of Memory
Professor Giles Gasper, University of Durham: Memory Unbound: Forgotten Medieval Histories
MEMSA's 16th annual conference will be running as an in-person event, held at the historic Palace Green UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pemberton Rooms in Durham, UK. We particularly welcome applications from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers from all disciplines engaged in the study of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. *Selected Papers Will be Published in our Medieval and early Modern (MEMSA) Journal.
TO APPLY: Please submit a short abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a brief biographical statement to
email@example.com . DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2022.
Cherrie Gottsleben & Alex Hibberts