20 February 2012

International Conference on New Media, Memories and Histories

Where: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
When: October 5-6, 2012 

Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow, UK)
Memory studies has emerged as a growing field of research in recent years, attracting scholars from various countries in diverse disciplines. The introduction of the new media has augmented the zeal for memory-making practices in different societies around the world. The Internet and participatory tools of Web 2.0 has contributed to the upsurge in user-generated content.  Much of these contents are generated through narratives, stories, pictures and even videos, which also provide a remarkable possibility in fostering and facilitating the production of memories and histories. Furthermore, the Internet’s capability for information storage and sharing has afforded people platforms to impart their recollections of the past.  As such, the intersections involving new media, memory and history are attracting academic interest from scholars in Sociology, Geography, History, Communication, Cultural Studies and Information Studies, who are drawing upon various theoretical and methodological approaches in examining the juxtaposition between new media, memories and histories.
This conference aims to gather scholars from different disciplines to deliberate and reflect on key issues, paradigms and research trajectories, as well as to identify possible collaboration opportunities for further investigation on memories and production of historical knowledge in a new media age.  We invite papers in English that are relevant (but not limited) to the following suggested themes:

New media, memory and popular culture
Digitization of memories on wars, trauma and disaster
New media and the production of historical knowledge
Virtual museums and memory
Digital storytelling and memory
Social networking sites and their impact on memories
Memories and nation-building in the digital age
Digital memories and cultural heritage

Primarily, the conference will allow scholars to reflect upon the reciprocal relations of new media, memories and histories, and to probe the distinctions between new media and traditional media environments in enabling remembering and/or forgetting. Through the conference, academics will also interrogate the power dynamics and tensions of the different social actors that construct memory-texts and memory discourses via new media. It is hoped that the conference will serve as a platform in the development and formation of new approaches, methodologies and directions in the study of the interface between new media, memories and histories.
Please send an abstract of not more than 300 words to Dr Brenda Chan [brendachan@ntu.edu.sg] by 16 April 2012. Abstracts should be in Word format and should include name of author(s), institutional affiliation and email address. Notification of acceptance will be sent out on 30th April 2012. If the abstract is accepted, a full paper of 6000-8000 words will have to be submitted by 17 September 2012. The conference organizers plan to publish selected conference papers in an edited book, or in a special issue of a relevant journal.

For further information on the conference, please contact Dr Brenda Chan atbrendachan@ntu.edu.sg.

Abstracts due: 16 April 2012
Full papers due: 17 September 2012
Conference dates: 5-6 October 2012
Conference venue: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE, 31 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637718
Conference organizer: Dr Brenda Chan [brendachan@ntu.edu.sg]

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