Postmemory & the Contemporary World (Colombia)

Call for Proposals – Postmemory and the Contemporary World
International Interdisciplinary Conference in Medellin, Colombia
April 27 and 28, 2017

Organizers: University of Gdańsk, Poland; Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia; InMind Support, Poland

Venue: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Circular 1 No. 70-01, Bloque 7, Piso 3, Medellín, COLOMBIA, Barrio Laureles (click here for details about Medellín)

Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2017

Conference Highlights

This version of the conference intends to bring together not only disciplines but also regions and scholars who work on the similar problems on the material of different geographical reason. In addition, the conference aims to combine arts and other sciences and the other is to how memory works for peace, with a special interest in setting our work on postmemory in the current context of the Colombian peace process.

Keynote addresses in the conference will feature scholars from Colombia, Poland and Brazil specializing in topics of urban violence, memory and artistic expressions. In addition to the academic events, the program will also include two city tours.

Conference Description

Coined by Marianne Hirsch in the 1990s, the term postmemory by now entered various disciplines who search to understand how memory form our identity and how we position, articulate or just make sense of our place in the society and our relations with it. The term postmemory problematizes the concept of memory by bringing attention to the memories that are not exactly personal but that keep on shaping one’s life and one’s way of seeing the world.

In the previous editions of our memory conference, which brought together more than five hundred scholars from around the world, we looked at the relationship between memory and solidarity (“Solidarity, Memory and Identity”, 2012 and 2016), memory and dreams (“Dreams, Phantasms and Memories”, 2013), memory and forgetting (“Memory: Forgetting and Creating”, 2014), memory and nostalgia (Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia, 2015) as well as memory and trauma (“Memory, Trauma and Recovery”, 2016).  During this year’s conference we would like to concentrate on the phenomena of postmemory and how it keeps on shaping the contemporary world.

We are interested in all aspects of postmemory: in its individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world, and in its potential to direct the future. Whose memory is postmemory: that of generations, communities, nations or families? How is it maintained and passed on? What is the role of imagination in its creation? What is remembered and what is forgotten? Is it always the memory of traumatic experience? How can it be taught and studied? These are some of the questions that inspired the idea of the conference.

Medellín, Colombia, has been chosen as a place for this conference not by chance. Colombia is the country of the troubled past that quite successfully has been processing it on its way of recovery. The conference wants to establish and promote a dialogue between scholars, countries and continents, therefore, inviting papers of different geographic and cultural focus.

We would like to explore the phenomenon of postmemory in its multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. As usual, we also want to devote considerable attention to how these phenomenon appears in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name a few.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

Overall Suggested Topics (Check the conference website for details)
• Individual experiences
• Collective experiences
III.  Remembering and Forgetting
• Representations
• Feelings and Practices
• Institutionalization
VII.  The Contemporary World
VIII.  Colombia: peace process

Submission Process

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, whether in English or Spanish, along with a short biographical note, by February 28. 2017 both to Prof. Wojciech Owczarski (wowczarski1 AT and Prof. Polina Golovatina-Mora (postmemory2017 AT Confirmation of acceptance will be sent by March 1, 2017.