CALL FOR PAPERS (Extended Deadline) “Show Times” And Memory Work Across Borders, Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, China 2018

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Call for Papers
December 31, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts, Historic Preservation, Humanities


“Show Times” and Memory Work Across Borders: Heritage and Discourses of Celebration and Contestation

This session draws on art historian Ruth Phillips’ term “show times,” “moments when museums organize comprehensive and definitive exhibitions in connection with a major event in the life of the community,” for example, a bicentennial or the Olympics. We invite proposals that consider how heritage is mobilized during show times, moments that can make visible complex and contradictory histories. In Canada, this plays out in the federal government’s Canada 150 campaign marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation (2017), following on the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Activities (2010-2015), which cast “an undeniable light on mechanisms and effects of Canada’s colonial formation that reverberate…in the present.” Individuals and collectives challenge the Canada 150 campaign, initiating L’autre 150e in Quebec, Canada 150+ in Vancouver, British Columbia, and employing Twitter as a platform using the handle @resistance150. Taking these examples as a jumping off point, this session invites papers that consider how significant events, dates, achievements, places and spaces (de/re)activate memories. We are particularly interested in contributions that approach memory work from diverse perspectives to explore concepts, uses and deployments of heritage. Potential topics include: living histories, uncovering, truth telling, performance, intervention, decolonizing strategies, and community engaged art practices.

Session organizers:
Dr. Sarah E.K. Smith, Carleton University,
Dr. Andrea Terry, Lakehead University,

Conference Information:
Association of Critical Heritage Studies 4th Biennial Conference
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China 2018
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Guidelines for submission, abstract proposals due December 31/17 (*extended deadline)

Please submit abstracts to:

Submit the following formatted info:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Place of employment / study
  • A brief resume (biographical notice and main publications or achievements) or no more than 300 words
  • Type of proposal: Papers are standard 20-minutes papers.
  • Relevant session – “Show Times” is located under “Sessions” – # 8. Memory, Time, Forgetting – SESSION NUMBER 067
  • Paper title
  • An abstract of no more than 500 words. Abstracts should present the topic or main argument and demonstrate quality through references to a theoretical framework, a methodology or by outlining
    the contribution to knowledge.

Submissions can be made either in English or Chinese.

Contact Info: 

Please send abstracts to:

Session organizers: Dr. Sarah E.K. Smith (Carleton University) and Dr. Andrea Terry (Lakehead University)

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