Monday 8ᵗʰ June 2020

Memories in transit: Transnational memory and identity across modern regimes of displacement and dispersion

Call for Papers

Date: 8-9 June 2020, Venue: Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge   

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from various disciplines researching transnational dimensions of memory, subjectivity and identity formation, broadly defined. Exploring the social-political processes and identities that resist or transcend neat categorisations of the 'local', 'national' or 'global', this conference explores different modes of transnational memory and commemoration that shape identities such as race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, and sexuality. The conference seeks to refine conceptual and methodological issues surrounding transnational memories, forms of remembering, and identities through a discussion of contemporary and historical case studies from across the globe as well as theoretically focused contributions to the field. The conference will be relevant to sociologists, historians, literary critics, political scientists, and human geographers interested in the relationships between memory and mobility.  

The conference welcomes papers that address one or more of the following research topics:

  • The expression of diasporic and exilic memory, subjectivity and identity, including remembrance of migratory processes, racism and discrimination, and responses to state policies such as detention, deportation, segregation, assimilation, and multiculturalism.
  • Transnational remembrance practices including international collaboration initiatives, war memorials, graveyards, dark tourism, migration museums, digital archives, and material culture including movable and immovable cultural heritage.
  • The role of exiles and diasporas in social movements and transitional justice; the individual or collective pursuit of justice, dignity, reparations, and reconciliation.
  • Writing absence and loss, narratives and storytelling, oral histories, intergenerational modes of inscription, affective responses to past events in the present, community-based repositories of memories, reading and visual technologies.

Transnational commemoration of identities beyond the 'national', including remembrance practices based on racial, religious, gender, and sexual identities

Please submit your abstract of 300 words (max) by 28 FEBRUARY 2020 via the online form:  

This event is proudly supported by The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, at the University of Cambridge, and the British Academy.
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