30 August 2010

Call for Papers: Media History and Cultural Memory

International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST)

"Media History and Cultural Memory"

University of Copenhagen

July 6-9, 2011

The International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) is pleased to announce its XXIV biennial conference, on the theme of Media History and Cultural Memory, to be held at Copenhagen University Wednesday, July 6- Saturday, July 9, 2011.

The conference will look at the ways in which media history is interwoven with the concept of cultural memory. Media such as radio, television, film, and the internet are used to create, represent, transmit, revise, and preserve collective constructions of history and identity. Media hold complex and evolving roles in the ways that individuals and groups understand the moments and events of their pasts, at all levels of social organization (local, regional, national, transnational). These understandings inform policy, politics, and the performance of identity, laying the foundation for
future interpretations and understandings, and carrying past and present affiliations, conflicts, glory, and trauma forward in time.

With this in mind, the conference will be organized around the following five subthemes. Proposals should include an indication of relevant subthemes to aid in the creation of panels.

v Documenting and representing the past
- Archives and the politics of memory (selection, preservation, digitization, valorisation...)
- Digital archives as/and memory
- History and/on TV / Film / Radio/ Video Games and other new media
- Museums and the politics of memory
- Heritage and preservation

v Identity and Memory
- Individual / collective
- Regional / National / Transnational / Imperial and Colonial identity
- Religious memory
- Remembering progress / change
- Cohesion / Unification

v Memories of Eras of Transition
- Cultural transitions
- Economic transitions
- Ideological transitions
- Political transitions
- Geographical transitions

v Memory and Collective Trauma

- Media, collective trauma and the shaping of memories: media representations of genocide, wars, disasters, repression/oppression, dictatorial regimes...)
- Memory and 9/11
- Media and prosthetic memory
- Media and post-memory

v Memory and commemoration
- Religion, identity and the (de)construction of memory

- Cultural diplomacy and identity branding

Proposals and inquiries should be directed to Karsten Fledelius at iamhist2011@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2010. This conference is being organized by IAMHIST, in conjunction with the University of Copenhagen faculties of Humanities and Theology and The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

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