The Limits of Memory
The Third Annual NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Conference The New School for Social Research, New York
Call for Papers
In recent decades there has been a surge of interest in memory and the ways in which it functions, circulates and is mobilized. Much of this research has focused on the positive aspects of memory where it is seen as an effective tool for change, healing, understanding and/or education. Particularly in the realm of collective memory, there has been a focus on facing the past as a way to learn its lessons and build a better future. While this focus on the past has productively inspired new and innovative ways of dealing with various forms of memory (including traumatic and post-traumatic memory, embodied memory, the transmission of inter-generational memory, technologies and representations of memory and so on), there are other sides to this focus on the past. Too often today, scholars focus on the positive and empowering uses of memory and downplay or disregard its negative uses.