‘Memories at the Margin’: Exploring the voices and memories of the suppressed, marginalised and silenced

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Oral History, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Human Rights, Cultural History / Studies, Social History / Studies


7 – 8 June 2018 at the University of Bristol

This conference provides a space for an interdisciplinary analysis of themes related to ‘memories at the margin’. We particularly welcome submissions from postgraduate, independent and early-career researchers. The aim of this conference is to widen the traditional understanding of memory through an examination of the voices that are typically left out of local, national and international narratives. Held at the University of Bristol, the conference will bring together scholars working in disciplines including History, English, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, Archaeology, Architecture and Geography.

The conference will open with the launch of Rainbow Pilgrims portable exhibition on Thursday 7 June 2018. Rainbow Pilgrims is a landmark project that seeks to uncover the hidden history of LGBTQI migrants in the UK past and present.

The conference will include a Question Time panel to discuss how marginalised voices can be uncovered. The panel will include: Tony Kushner (Marcus Sieff Professor of the History of Jewish/non Jewish Relations, University of Southampton), Kathrin Pieren (Collections Manager and Curator at the Jewish Museum, London) and Surat-Shaan Knan (Project Manager for Rainbow Pilgrims). Panel chairs will include Tim Cole, John Foot, Grace Huxford, Josie McLellan and Sumita Mukherjee.

Interpretations of the theme might include: 

Commemorative sites and practices (or lack thereof)

Memory and atrocity

The geopolitics of memory

Memory activists and activism

Memory and migration

Digital/online memories and identities

Transnational perspectives 

Gendered space and memory

Unheard/hidden memories and silences 

Applicants may apply to one (or more) of the following streams. Applications must be submitted by 28 February 2018 (midnight GMT) using the online submission system on our website. We anticipate that successful applicants will be notified by the end of March 2018.

1. 20-minute papers: We will be selecting papers that most effectively address the conference theme(s) and present pertinent links with other submissions. Candidates are encouraged to form informal links with other applicants for possible panels.   

2. Poster presentations (A2 size): We will provide time and space during the conference for presenters to discuss their posters in an informal setting with conference participants. 

There will be no registration fee attached to the conference. The Cluster will cover the costs of refreshments and lunch. Please note that we are unfortunately unable to cover the costs of travel or accommodation for participants. 

The conference is generously supported by the SWW DTP Cohort Development Fund.

The latest Cluster updates and news about the conference will be posted on our Twitter page: MemoryStudiesSW

Contact Info: 

If you have any questions, please contact the Cluster co-directors: Amy King and Chad McDonald. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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