6th Jul 2018 9:15am-5:00pm
M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade
Call for Papers
An interdisciplinary, one-day conference at the University of Brighton
Research on the complex inter–relations between past, present and future in the time after political violence often leads us to question and push the boundaries of established theories and methods. Increasingly, work in this area reflects a critical awareness of the different modalities of time and memory within and across various post-conflict contexts. That being said, more can be done to further methodological and theoretical links between different approaches to studying time, memory and conflict. This can take the form ofresearch into unexplored contexts, or critical reflections on established frameworks and debates.
Bringing together scholars from an array of different intellectual fields, this conference aims to encourage a set of conversations on how we might approach and understand the multi-directional interplay between experiences and representations of a ‘past’ that in many ways is not ‘over’, but which overshadows the present and complicates the imagining of the future. Key questions and areas of exploration are: What are the ethical and political commitments of research in post-conflict contexts? How does this research relate to questions of positionality? How might new research areas or critical reflections on established practical and theoretical approaches further our understanding of time, memory and conflict?
Keynote Address: ‘Post-conflict Futures: Temporal Orientations After Catastrophe”, Prof. Rebecca Bryant, University of Utrecht, Netherlands:
Suggestions for paper themes as follows:
Affect and the emotional afterlives of conflict
Spatial approaches to time, conflict and memory
Ruins and Ruination
Dynamics of power in post-conflict memory
Queering time and memory
Historical justice and reconciliation
The politics of researching post-conflict contexts
‘New topics’ in post-conflict studies
Contested heritage/sites of memory
Critical oral history
Interventions in entrenched debates
Conflict experience, the body, and its legacies
Please submit your abstract by Friday 8thJune 2018 to email@example.com
We welcome proposals of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers. Abstracts from postgraduate researchers and early-career scholars are particularly encouraged.
The event will be free of charge, but places are limited.
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