CFP! 13th Genealogies of Memory 2023: Pandemics, Famines and Industrial Disasters of the 20th and 21st Centuries
The European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) has announced a call for papers for the upcoming conference “Pandemics, Famines Industrial Disasters of the 20th and 21st Centuries”, as part of the Genealogies of Memory project. The deadline for submissions is 26th May 2023, with the conference taking place in Warsaw, 22nd-24th November 2023.
In the discussions, they would like to focus on four selected aspects of 20th-century natural and man-made disasters:
1. Epidemics: Spanish flu in East-Central Europe and other interwar and post-war epidemics of infectious diseases (e.g. polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis and AIDS) and contemporary discourses of memory and their visual and textual representations.
2. Famines – crop failures – food rationing – memory/commemoration of victims and humanitarian aid, food distribution and class/social inequalities, nationalisms/imperialism – how does the memory of famines and food crises in East-Central and Western Europe function – in grassroots (private, family) and public memory.
3. Human-induced industrial disasters – ecology – fear versus ideology of progress – modernity (industrialisation) – communist censorship versus discourses of memory – industrial disasters in people’s democracies versus practices of tabooisation (and censorship); environmental activism in East-Central Europe (especially in anti-communist opposition circles versus contemporary memory and public discussions of environmental threats).
4. Practices of constructing memory of man-made/natural disasters – changing memories, shifting agencies, human and non-human aspects of memory (as objects, industrial landscapes, etc.), 20th-century memory patterns versus the discourse of the Anthropocene, the discourse of the apocalypse and the future of memory.
However, they are also open to other approaches to the issues described above, going beyond the framework outlined here. Organizers will provide accommodation for participants. There is no conference fee.
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