Call for Papers: "Building peace and community: ethics, memory and monuments"

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July 16, 2018 to July 22, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Social History / Studies

A panel at the "World Congress for Middle East Studies" (WOCMES) July 16-22 in Seville, Spain on the topic of "Building peace and community: ethics, memory and monuments” still needs papers. The conference has extended the deadline for proposals until March 31.

The conference only meets every fourth year (1013 in Ankara and 2009 in Barcelona). The Rectorate of the University of Seville will host the conferences, presentations, symposiums and other academic sessions of WOCMES 2018 Seville, as well as the Book Fair, which will take place in the Pier Paolo Pasolini Space.

The conference organizers have graciously extended the deadline until 31 March 2018; This is panel PA-821. Panel description:

Memory plays a paramount role in identity and nation building. Without collective memory, constructed in narratives and sustained through symbolism, people lack connections with their society and between generations. Society gives significance to shared knowledge and sustains it. Narratives constructed from collective memories provide the basis for belonging and meaning. People select their memories as they struggle to sustain and strengthen their communities. These memories play a role in bringing people together, and in their exclusion; memories and community memorials promote self-awareness. Therefore, the nation derives from decisions to both remember and to forget. Like identity, societies shape their collective memory to give meaning to past events as a way to commission future agendas. Therefore, the ethics that a society embodies in memorials shapes the self-concept, well-being, and human rights of its members.

Key terms: cultural production, art, monuments, curriculum, reconciliation, stability.

To be included in the schedule please upload your abstracts in your participant profile and associate them to your panel using the code YWE3S

Please also send a copy of your abstract to All members of the panel must be fully registered in order to attend the Congress.

If you have questions about the panel, please contact Dr. Jonathan Zartman

If you have questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the WOCMES Seville 2018 Secretariat  <

Contact Info: 

Jonathan K. Zartman, Ph.D. CIV

Associate Professor of International Security

Department of Research (DER)

Air Command and Staff College (ACSC)

Maxwell, AFB, AL

DSN 493-2533/Comm (334) 953-2533;