CfP Mnemonics Summer School 2019: Memory and Activism

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Cultural History / Studies, Graduate Studies, Humanities, Social History / Studies

The annual Mnemonics Summer School serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field of memory studies. The aim is to help PhD students refine their research questions, strengthen the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of their projects, and gain further insight into current trends in memory scholarship.

The eighth Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies, Wednesday 18-Friday 20 September, at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Confirmed keynotes are: Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University), Ayşe Gül Altınay (Sabanci University), and Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University).

The 2019 topic will be Memory and Activism. In recent years scholars have increasingly recognised that some practices of cultural memory look as much to the future as to the past; and that the commemoration of past events can be intimately linked to attempts to change the present and create a different future. The 2019 PhD summer school will explore further, both theoretically and through the study of particular cases, the interplay between memory and activism. It aims to expand and refine our conceptual and methodological tools for capturing this nexus by approaching our topic along three axes of inquiry:

  • memory activism: how people work together to shape memory culture as a contribution to present-day politics
  • the memory of activism: how acts of civil resistance are culturally remembered
  • memory in activism: how memory informs civil resistance in the present.

For the full event description, practical details and submission instructions, please consult our full CfP at

Submissions are open to all doctoral students interested in memory studies. Half of the 24 available places are reserved for students affiliated with Mnemonics partner institutions.

If you wish to be considered for a position, you should send:  A 300-words abstract for a 15-minute paper (including title, your name, and institutional affiliation), a description of your doctoral research project (one paragraph), and a short CV (max. 1 page) as a single Word or PDF document to

Applications should be submitted by 1 March 2019, 23.00 (CET). Notification of acceptance:  1 April 2019.

Contact Info: 

Sophie van den Elzen
PhD Candidate
ICON Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Utrecht University

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