CFP: Session at CAA 2021 "Transposed Memory: Sites of National Recollection in 20th Century East Asia"

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Call for Papers
August 12, 2020 to September 16, 2020
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies

Transposed Memory: Sites of National Recollection in 20th Century East Asia

The CAA Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2021


In 20th century East Asia, sites and images of recollection, commissioned and produced by diverse agents, played a central role in constructing national narratives and collective identities. These places contribute to controlling or mediating domestic and international politics, visualizing forgetting and loss into material forms, and sustaining, intervening in, and resisting collective memories. Furthering the discourse on the politics of memory, sites and images of recollection and remembrance were widely produced, reproduced, and circulated in 20th century East Asia, evoking the establishment of modern nations and the shared experience of historic events.


This session explores a range of site markers and visual signs of memory produced in East Asia, from the traditional forms of monument, memorial, and museum to more recent forms, such as participatory memorials, counter-monuments, and contemporary artists’ critical responses to collective memory.


We seek to ask: How do monuments and memorials shape, institutionalize, and reconstruct collective memories and national identities? How do sites and images of memory undergo transformation and gain new social contexts with periodic political change? What are the viewer’s engagements with and lived experiences of memorials and monuments? What are the roles of memory in the visual cultures and politics of East Asia? How does collective memory forge East Asian inter-regional relations?


We invite papers that contribute to the critical discourse of memory through the investigation of the diverse sites and images of memory and enhance the understanding of intercultural relationships between East Asian countries through the consideration of their geopolitical conditions.


Please follow instructions on the CAA Annual Conference CFP page for the submission of your paper proposal to session chairs Eunyoung Park ( and Alison J. Miller (