7-8 July 2016, University College Dublin
Fran Brearton, Queens University Belfast
Tea Sindbæk Andersen, University of Copenhagen
Frank McGuinness, UCD, in conversation
Plenary Panel: Living Legacies 1914-18 Project, QUB
This symposium will address the ways in which the First World War has been commemorated over the past one hundred years. There are distinct historical patterns within this commemorative history, from large scale top-down state events to local and bottom-up events, both of which forms of commemoration aim to reflect particular, often political, memory cultures. The symposium will have a particular focus on transnational memory events and histories of commemoration, and how current memory practices relate to historical patterns of commemoration. The symposium grows out of the COST Network In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe and the Irish Memory Studies Network.
The symposium organisers are particularly interested in exploring questions of how and why commemorative traditions of the war change or shift, and what are the different trajectories of commemoration across the nation, Europe and globally. Papers may focus on a single community and/or a single time frame, or be comparative and/or trans-historical. Papers on theatre, art, literature, monuments, commemorative events, film and television, media, and performing historical commemoration are welcomed.
Paper proposals may address (but are not limited to):
– changing patterns of national and/or transnational commemoration
– competing memory traditions
– how memories of the first world war have been mediated and re-mediated
– how memories of the war have been produced, received and/or consumed
– the tension between commemoration and social forgetting
– political agendas and commemoration
– the relationship between local and national commemoration activities and products
– top-down versus bottom-up commemoration agendas
– the challenges of amnesty
– post-war civil wars and memory
– distinctions between different forms of cultural and social remembering
Please send a brief bio and proposals (200 words) to Emilie Pine (Emilie.Pine@ucd.ie)
by 15 February 2016. There is a limited number of travel bursaries available.
This conference is funded as part of the UCD Decade of Centenaries programme and hosted by the Irish Memory Studies Network.