Cfp: Memory and Belonging: Revisiting Monuments, Museums, and Historic Sites, at SECAC 2021

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Call for Papers
Kentucky, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, World History / Studies

Call for presentations: Memory and Belonging: Revisiting Monuments, Museums, and Historic Sites, at SECAC 2021.

Monuments, museums, and historic sites are in a constant state of flux as their intended meanings and purposes are renegotiated through curatorial practices, artistic interventions, and activist undertakings. Diverse stakeholders preserve or reconfigure the ways people conceive of belonging, or not belonging, in relation to commemorative historical representations. Indeed, individual and collective memories are transformed, produced, and expressed through physical and conceptual negotiations with complex histories at existing sites and monuments. 

Presentations might address: How do sites and spaces embody, perpetuate, complicate, oppose, or shape aspects of individual and collective memory? How do artists and curators preserve or unsettle sites that embody trauma, appalling histories, and unfinished processes of colonization and domination? In what ways do arts practitioners frame, rework, or address visual or material culture to reconfigure collective memory, belonging, and trauma? How do artists and curators engage in a politics of refusal regarding contested monuments and sites? 

This panel invites papers both historical and contemporary in nature from global contexts that explore the myriad ways that artists and curators conceptualize memory and belonging through the recovery, rejection, or renegotiation of commemorative sites. Discussions that engage with intersectional identities, including class, race, Indigeneity, gender, and sexuality, are especially welcome.


SECAC 2021 in Lexington, KY – November 10-13

Abstracts due May 4, 2021, at 11:59 pm EDT

Conference and submission details can be found by following this link:


Best wishes,

Zoe Weldon-Yochim and Christina Ayson Plank, co-chairs

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Zoe Weldon-Yochim, co-chair

Christina Ayson Plank, co-chair

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