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CALL FOR PAPERS: The UTokyo LAINAC Conference
The Power of Memory: Perspectives from Latin America
-Date: June 10-12, 2016
-Location: The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Tokyo, JAPAN
-Language: English and Spanish
-Registration Fee: Free
Carlo Severi (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, FRANCE)
An increasing number of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences are dealing with the concept of “memory.” How we remember the past has far-reaching implications for politics, society, and culture. Scholars now recognize that memory is not only a personal faculty but rather is a key process in social stability and change. For instance, ethnic minorities unify and mobilize by way of the histories they recount of their roots. Establishing the true history of civil wars or military regimes is the work not only of historians but also of those pursuing reconciliation. In this sense, memory is power. A principal goal of this conference is to explore issues of memory with a special emphasis on Latin America, which has always been at the center global historical developments such as colonialism, nationalism, and neoliberalism. By what mechanisms does collective memory gain power? What are the differences and commonalities among various practices of collective remembering in Latin America? What are the best methods or theoretical tools for comprehending memory’s role in social and political processes?
The topics of this conference include but are not limited to:
-Expressions of memory in popular culture
-Identities in, negotiations of, and the politics of memory
-Theories of memory in politics and society
-Memories of the dictatorships in Latin America
-Diffusion of memory over geographical frontiers
-Role of memory in social movements and contentious politics
-The conference program will consist of a plenary keynote lecture and paper sessions.
-Each paper session will consist of 3 or 4 presentations of no more than 20 minutes each plus discussions.
ABSTRACT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
-If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract by January 31, 2016 (24:00 GMT) via the application form on the website. (http://www1.lainac.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/research/conference/memory2016/application)
-The abstract text should be no more than 250 words in length and must be in English or Spanish. Your presentation must be delivered in the same language as the one used in the abstract.
-Please submit one abstract only. This also applies to the case of submitting one paper as a co-author of someone else.
-All the proposals will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and LAINAC staff. Email notifications of acceptance/rejection will be sent by February 15, 2016.
-Accepted participants must submit their paper by May 20, 2016. Failure to submit the paper will remove accepted authors from the program, and they will not be able to present at the conference. In addition, their panel may be cancelled or modified.
October 15, 2015 Start of abstract proposal application process.
January 31, 2016 Deadline for proposal submissions.
February 15, 2016 Notifications of proposal acceptance/rejection are sent to the first author of the abstract proposals.
February 15, 2016 Open period begins for paper submissions.
May 20, 2016 Deadline for paper submissions.
June 10, 2016 Opening day of the conference.
-Address: Komaba 3-8-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8902, JAPAN
-Transportation: The venue of the conference, Komaba Campus of the University of Tokyo, is located at a distance of about a 20-minute walk from Shibuya Station, one of the largest train terminals in Tokyo. You can also ride a train on the Inokashira line from Shibuya to Komaba-Todaimae Station, which is located just in front of the university main gate.
From Narita International Airport to Shibuya, it takes approximately 90-120 minutes by train and 75-125 minutes by bus.
From Haneda International Airport to Shibuya, it takes about 50 minutes by train and 30-70 minutes by bus.
Carlo Severi (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) *honorary chair
Marco Antonio Estrada Saavedra (El Colegio de México)
Takeshi Wada (The University of Tokyo)
Ayako Saito (The University of Tokyo)
Yutaka Aida (The University of Tokyo)
UTokyo LAINAC, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Strategic Partnership Project, the University of Tokyo
Area Studies Forum for Young Scholars, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo