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Call for Papers:Contesting Public Memories

  • Deadline:
    Oct. 20, 2004, 11:36 p.m.

Call for Papers:
Contesting Public Memories
An Interdisciplinary Conference
Syracuse University
October 7th-9th, 2005
(tentative date- to be confirmed in January 2005)

The "Contesting Public Memories" conference seeks to expand the broad interdisciplinary conversation about public memory. Conference organizers invite submissions focusing on the dynamic interplay between and around public memories. While the conference theme is designed to be broad and inclusive, our sense of the contention of public memories includes: efforts to resist, resurrect memories, or redefine memories, etc. This broad theme, in turn, is organized around three sub-themes: Place, Event, Person. Within these sub-themes, we envision topics ranging from theoretical to practical, and from global to local.

The conference is organized by faculty from a wide-range of disciplines, including: African American Studies, Architecture, Art, Communication Studies, English, Geography, Latino/ Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Religion, and Writing.

(Tentative) Scheduled Plenary Speakers:
Urvashi Butalia- Univ. of New Delhi - author of The Other Side of Silence
Robert Hariman- Northwestern University - author of Political Style
John Lucaites- Indiana University - author of Crafting "Equality"
Vera Schwarcz- Wesleyan College - author of Bridge Across Broken Time
Carrie Mae Weems - Artist in Residence at Syracuse University.

Contesting Public Memories also plans to feature a Carrie Mae Weems exhibition entitled, "In Desperate Pursuit: The Failure of Memory" and a screening of films by Bill Morrison with live musical performance of Michael Grant's score.

The conference will include plenary sessions and competitive panels. For possible inclusion in these panel sessions, abstracts of approximately 400 words should be submitted by April 1, 2005 to:

Kendall R. Phillips, Conference Organizer
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244-1230

· For more info see our website: http://vpa.syr.edu/crs/memories.htm

· For planning purposes, those intending to submit a proposal are encouraged to contact the Conference Organizer as soon as possible.

· For info on SU's 2001 Framing Public Memory conference, visit the Univ. of Alabama Press website: http://www.uapress.ua.edu/NewSearch2.cfm?id2476