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October 30, 2005

The 4th International Conference on Memory

The 4th International Conference on Memory, Sunday 16th-Friday 21 July 2006, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

ICOM-4 will bring together scientists and practitioners from around the world. The tone of the conference will be set by keynote addresses from internationally renowned memory researchers including:

  • Alan Baddeley
  • Fergus Craik
  • Eric Eich
  • Robyn Fivush
  • Marcia Johnson
  • Jay McClelland
  • Morris Moscovitch
  • Henry L. Roediger III
  • Daniel Schacter
  • Endel Tulving

For more information visit the conference homepage at:

Narratives of Survival

Narratives of Survival, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January 2006, University of Warwick

This conference aims to draw together people working in a wide range of academic fields to explore how we record, remember and commemorate the major traumatic events of the 20th century (from the Boer wars to the massacres in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia), and what are the long-term social, cultural and political consequences of the tragic events that involved large numbers of people.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Gunnar S. Paulsson (author of Secret City: Hidden Jews of Warsaw 1939-1945. Yale University Press, 2002)

  • Vieda Skultans (author of The Testimony of Lives. Narrative and Memory in Post-Soviet Latvia. Routledge, 1998)

  • Janina Struk (author of Photographing the Holocaust. I.B.Taurus, 2004)

Registration for the conference (keynote speeches, papers, accompanying events, tea and coffee) will cost £50 (£35 for those attending for one day). For more information about registration visit

Contribute to Memory & Narrative

Memory & Narrative welcomes your contributions.

In order for Memory & Narrative to be success we need people to regularly visit, write, and respond to articles and comments posted on our blog. Contributions to Memory & Narrative do not have to be the 'finished article' but can and should include things such as:

  • Synopses of work-in-progress (and to promote your research via the web)
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  • Informal reflections/thoughts on a topic (related to memory/narrative)
  • Announcements of forthcoming symposium/conferences (that you may be involved in) and might be of interest to others
  • Or simply, as the University of Warwick's promotional blurb for blogging puts it, to ‘publish small writings, odd writing, leftover writings, lazy speculations, half-formed hypotheses… to publish all the things that I think have some value but not enough to constitute legitimate scholarship’.

    Contributions should be prepared in standard Word format and should be sent, via e-mail, to Mike Brennan at

About the Popular Memory & Narrative Study Group

The Popular Memory & Narrative Study Group (PMN Study Group) is a new initiative that provides an informal network of discussion for people wishing to explore a wide range of issues connected with the social production and function of remembering and forgetting. It meets occasionally providing a forum for:

  • discussion of readings chosen by the group
  • presentation of work-in-progress
  • invitation of guest speakers
  • informal debate of theoretical, methodological and epistemological interest on issues memory and narrative

The group’s web blog facilitates a ‘virtual’ community, providing a forum for those interested in memory and narrative, allowing the group to ‘meet’ regularly throughout the year wherever its members are.

A guiding principle of the study group is to explore the relationship between memory and narrative – the linguistic vehicle through which memories are summoned, shaped and made meaningful. It assumes an interdisciplinary approach to the social and cultural dynamics of memory, combining sociology, psychoanalytic social theory and cultural studies. Membership is open to staff and post-graduate students from across the faculty of social studies.

Focusing on various aspects of memory, from the everyday to the traumatic, it will pursue a number of inter-related and overlapping questions of thematic relevance. Chiefly, what is the function of memory and narrative in the construction of social identity and the creation of a sense of self? How are individual memories related and reflective of wider social collectivities? How, and in what ways, can personal memory be seen to be porous – permeated by social, political and cultural processes seemingly ‘external’ to the individual? What role is played by the unconscious imagination in the transformation of personal memory? Can we ever have access to ‘pure’ memory untainted by cultural ‘artefacts’ – of visual media and the stories of others? What are the social, cultural and sensory apparatus through which memories are summoned and shaped?

Selected Readings

Andrews, M. et al (eds) (2000) Lines of Narrative: Psychosocial Perspectives. London: Routledge.
Antze, P. and Lambek, M. (Eds) (1996) Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory. London: Routledge.
Butler, T. (ed) (1989) Memory. Oxford: Blackwell.
Clare, M. and Johnson, R. (2000) ‘Method in our Madness: Identity and Power in a Memory Work Method’, in Radstone (2000).
Haug, F. (1987) Female Sexualisation: A Collective Work of Memory. London: Verso.
Langer, L. (1991) Holocaust Testimony: The Ruins of Memory. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Linden, R. (1993) Making Stories, Making Selves: Feminist Reflections on the Holocaust. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
Misztal, B. (2003) Theories of Social remembering. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Popular Memory Group (1998) ‘Popular Memory: Theory, Politics and Memory’, in Perks, R. and Thomas, A. (eds) Oral History: a Reader. London: Routledge.
Radstone, S. (ed) (2000) Memory and Methodology. Oxford: Berg.
Sebald, W. G. The Emigrants. London: Harvill

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