Historia y Sociedad 45 (July-December 2023): places of memory in tension: symbols, memory and national construction

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
August 15, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Location: 
Colombia
Subject Fields: 
Public History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Urban History / Studies, Historic Preservation

The journal Historia y Sociedad at Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellín invites national and international scholars to participate in issue number 45 (July-December 2023) "Places of memory in tension: symbols, memory and national construction" by submitting unpublished manuscripts in Spanish, English or Portuguese on the themes for the special issue “Places of memory in tension: symbols, memory and national construction”

Guest Editors

Carlos Guillermo Páramo Bonilla, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Vladímir Montaña Mestizo, Universidad de Tours, (France)

Marcela Quiroga Zuluaga, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (Colombia)

Deadline for Submissions: April 30th, 2022

 

Objectives of the dossier

In various parts of the world, including Colombia, collective actions have been taking place that have resulted in the transgression of the national symbolism, to put into question the repertoire of representations agreed by the imaginary or imagined community that is the nation. Inverted flags, bleeding flags, demolished monuments, episodically erected monuments, deconstructed national anthems, the reappearance of the national coat of arms on the flag and the emergence of new spaces for protest in urban areas are some of these expressions that reveal a certain nonconformity in the face of these symbols whose purported purpose is to identify us as a unit. Indeed, for certain social sectors, the symbolic repertoire of the nation is losing its symbolic efficacy and it seems that we are facing a new tension between symbol, memory and national identity. This symbolic confrontation is not exclusively recent, and this idea motivates this dossier. His goal is to think of this tension as a historical constant. On the one hand, we are interested in reflecting on the configuration of those places of national memory that were conceived by political elites throughout the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, and with which those particular imaginary communities that are the American nations. On the other, we propose to analyze the imposition and transformation of meanings, uses and functions of places of memory (symbols, monuments, archives, objects, people and emblematic places) of republican symbolism in different fields of the social, political and religious world. and cultural. Reflection that also calls us to observe the role played by other less recognized populations (Afro-descendants, indigenous people, women, peasants, workers) in this symbolic configuration. Based on this interest, the dossier also opens up to the possibility of historically analyzing objects and places of memory alternative to the unique national story. In the framework of this reflection, we expect contributions in Spanish, English or Portuguese that allow us to disseminate comparative research or case studies in the American and global context that respond, for example, to the following themes: local places of memory that have entered dispute with the hegemonic national memory; places of memory in the nation's configuration processes; the transformation of the meaning and function of urban and rural monumentality; religious spaces and objects as places of collective memory; the decline and emergence of places and objects of memory; the symbolic efficacy of monuments; education and the imposition of places of memory, among others. From the analysis of these aspects, in different spatial or temporal contexts, we hope to provide theoretical and methodological elements that allow us to understand in its complexity and diversity the symbolic tension between history, memory and identity.

Themes

General topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Relationship between memory, spaces and objects.

Uses and functions of places of memory (symbols, monuments, archives, objects, people and emblematic places) in the social world, and their dynamics of change in urban and rural contexts.

Material and immaterial manifestations of memory in identity constructions.

Representations, stories and discourses of the historicizing history of the nation and its transformations to the present.

Conservation, reproduction and deconstruction of places of memory and heritage; relationships, tensions and ruptures.

Places of memory and disputes for symbolic hegemony.

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The journal Historia y Sociedad at Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellín invites national and international scholars to participate in issue number 45 (July-December 2023) "Places of memory in tension: symbols, memory and national construction" by submitting unpublished manuscripts in Spanish, English or Portuguese on the themes for the special issue “Places of memory in tension: symbols, memory and national construction”

Guest Editors

Carlos Guillermo Páramo Bonilla, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Vladímir Montaña Mestizo, Universidad de Tours, (France)

Marcela Quiroga Zuluaga, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (Colombia)

Deadline for Submissions: April 30th, 2022

 

Submissions

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