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August 22, 2007

Academic Conference: Remembering the Crusades: Myth, Image, Identity


28th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York City: March 29-30, 2008

Remembering the Crusades: Myth, Image and Identity

Plenary speakers: Jonathan Riley-Smith (Cambridge).
Jaroslav Folda (UNC-Chapel Hill), and Geraldine Heng (UTexas-Austin)

For more information visit:

Send an abstract and cover letter with contact details by October 20, 2007 to Crusades Conference Committee at,or fax to (718) 817-3987, or mail to Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, FMH 405B, Bronx, NY 10458.

Conference Abstract

Few events in European history generated as many textual, artistic, and intellectual responses as the conquest of Jerusalem by the armies of the First Crusade in 1099. This expedition, and those that followed it, were resonant events which became inscribed in the collective memory of communities directly or indirectly affected by the crusades, whether in Europe, Byzantium, North Africa, or the Near East.

In order to spotlight new directions in the study of the crusades and the perception of the past in medieval societies, the Center for Medieval Studies invites scholars of all disciplines to participate in a conference to be held at Fordham University on March 29-30, 2008. We welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes in length) on any topic relating to how the crusades were remembered. Topics might include, but are not limited to: (1) the memorialization (or suppression) of individuals or events associated with the crusades by contemporary observers and subsequent generations; (2) the negotiation and production of crusading images and memories; and (3) the role of these images and memories in shaping both the crusading movement itself and the identities of communities affected by crusading

We look forward to joining with like-minded scholars from across the field of medieval studies in what promises to be a very lively academic discussion on this important subject.

February 02, 2007

Memory, Trauma & Violence in South Asia

Conference Stream on ‘Memory, Trauma and Violence in South Asia’ at the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference and AGM, St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, UK, 28-30 March, 2007.

See conference link at:

For more information, contact panel organizers, Guari Raje and Srila Roy:

January 11, 2007

Centre for Popular Memory

Centre for Popular Memory

Here is a research centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa that readers will find of interest.

Below is an excerpt from their web-site, which can be found by visiting:

The Centre for Popular Memory(CPM) records peoples’ stories.

Our four main areas are:

*Researching projects about popular memories and identities.

*Training students in memory studies, oral history and methodology.

*Archiving oral, visual and audio-visual forms of memory.

*Disseminating memories and stories to various audiences.

The Centre is based at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. We focus our activities both on and off campus and we are committed to using oral history, visual history and digital archiving to contribute to social development and democratization.

Why Popular Memory?

People have the right to be seen, heard and remembered. For marginalised individuals and groups who have felt the pain and the joys of the past these needs tend to be acute. Storytelling through various media can play a small but significant part in meeting these needs.

We believe that the term ‘popular memory’ encompasses individual and collective forms of memory such as community, politics, culture, family and gendered memories. We are not an exclusive Centre and we acknowledge that there are different sites of popular memory throughout the African continent. Given that memories are especially shaped and conserved by relationships between people, we aim to facilitate dialogues across generations and sites of popular memory.

August 31, 2006

The Memory Experience BBC Radio 4

The Memory Experience BBC Radio 4

The Memory Experience is a new series of programmes all about memory that is currently being broadcast weekly on BBC Radio 4. Follow this link to listen and learn more about The Memory Experience:
Hit tip to Nat Smith for this link.

About The Memory Experience
Our memories define who we are
Radio 4’s Memory Experience will be the network’s largest season in 2006, encompassing science, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment and history programmes, along with a major online site, a survey and a memory test. It’s a chance to get to know how well your own memory works as well as share your memories with others.

As a forerunner to the season, visitors to can take the memory challenge. The challenges include: remembering sequences of numbers; spotting differences between images; replicating patterns and remembering everyday objects. The test will collect data for Professor Robert Logie at the University of Edinburgh to ascertain how memory is affected by lifestyle, location, age and sex.

As part of the Memory Experience, the Share section of this site, together with the Leeds Memory Group, launches an ambitious online survey to explore our national identity by collecting and sharing autobiographical memories from the public. The survey – the largest ever to look at the nation’s memories – will run till early 2007.

Professor Martin Conway of Leeds University will be keeping us up to date with his findings and at the end of the survey there will be a run of programmes analysing the results of the experiment and reflecting the public events listeners have nominated as their key memories for each generation.

There will also be a one-off BBC1 programme, How To Improve Your Memory, on 9 August as part of the Memory Experience.

June 14, 2006

New Journal – Memory Studies


Memory Studies will examine the social, cultural, political and technological shifts affecting how, what and why individuals, groups and societies remember. The Journal will probe and challenge proliferating public and academic discourses on the nature, forms and consequences of memory in the contemporary era and will provide paradigmatic strength and direction to the emerging field.

Areas of dialogue and debate will include:

– everyday remembering

– social, collective and public memory

– media, mechanisms, archive and amnesia

– biography and history

– schema and narrative

– cosmopolitanism and globalization

– cultural memory and heritage

– catastrophe and trauma

– nation and nostalgia

– oral history and the culture of the witness – the politics of identity.

Electronic Access:

Memory Studies will be available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

See here for free online trial to Volume 1.

June 13, 2006

Telling Stories: Theories & Criticism

Telling Stories: Theories and Criticism
20 April 2007
University of Loughborough, UK


Deadline for Abstracts: 31 July 2006

New modes of critical writing are challenging conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity through narrative/counter–narrative, authorial presence, style, language, and rhetoric. This development is also present in the visual arts. Writings, which offer alternative forms to synthesis, and the linear and conclusive, challenge the boundaries between theory and literature and between the rational and subjective. Speakers are invited to explore the performative exchange across verbal and experiential disciplines.

This conference forms part of a series that will examine the manner and structure of narration across a range of contemporary practices (e.g. art object, film, photography, criticism). Keynote speakers include:

  • Martha Buskirk (Montserrat College of Art)
  • Yve Lomax (Royal College of Art)
  • Jane Rendell (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)
  • John Kear (University of Kent)

Proposals for 20 minute papers / presentations based on new research (with a view to publication) are now invited

Contact: Jane Tormey
tel +44 (0)1509 228966
Contemporary Art Theory Research Group, Loughborough University School of Art & Design, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU

(Check the event website for latest details.)

June 02, 2006

Collective Memory & the Uses of the Past: an Interdisciplinary Conference

Collective memory and the uses of the past: an interdisciplinary conference
Date: 7 – 9 July 2006

Description: Proposed papers or panels are invited for this interdisciplinary conference which deals with social memory; literacy and oral culture; memory and material culture; memory and gender; custom and tradition; the representation of the past; remembrance and commemoration; war, trauma and memory; memory and landscape; oral history and memory; myth, folklore and legend; memory and political identity; memory and social class; peasant memory; antiquarianism and the sense of the past; the politics of history teaching.


Conference organisers: Andy Wood and Nicola Whyte

Venue: University of East Anglia

Contact: Andy Wood


Address: School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Tel: (+44) (0)1603 592666

Fax: (+44) (0)1603 593519

Deadlines: submission of papers (call for papers): proposals for papers by 31 October 2005; registration for conference place: March 2006

February 09, 2006

Cultural Memory Seminar

Cultural Memory Seminar 2005-06

Saturdays 11.00 am-4.00pm

Organizers: Richard Crownshaw (Goldsmith's, London; richard.crownshaw and Carrie Hamilton (; and Susannah Radstone (University of East London; from January 2006
Organised jointly by the IGRS and the Raphael Samuel Centre, University of East London

This seminar builds on the programme for the Institute’s MA in Cultural Memory. It aims to bring together students, researchers, academics and cultural practitioners in order to share ongoing research and broaden horizons. In particular it aims to provide the impetus and models for work across national and disciplinary boundaries.

In 2005–06, the seminar will hold three meetings: 3 December 2005 Revisiting National Memories; 18 February 2006 'Revisiting' Holocaust memory (see below for programme) and on 13 May 2006 (topic to be confirmed).

18 February 2006 : 'Revisiting' Holocaust memory


This seminar is organised in conjunction with the Universities of Salford and Manchester.
Chair: Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths College)

11:00 – Bob Eaglestone (Royal Holloway), "Rethinking perpetrator testimony"
12:15 – Lunch (own arrangements)
1:30 – Sue Vice (University of Sheffield), "False Testimony"
2:30 – Anthony Rowland (University of Salford), "Tadeusz Borowski and the Anti-lyric"
3:30 – Discussion
4:15 – Close

Please email phone 020 7862 8677 to confirm details and to be added to the mailing list

More information can be found by visiting

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

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