14 July 2017, University of York (UK).
This one-day conference seeks to open up discussion on the nature of memory and identity construction online and in digital formats. The Internet is becoming an everyday space where identities and memories are not only stored, but also shaped and negotiated. User-generated content is often considered in opposition to authorised or official forms of knowledge, and has sometimes been dismissed as frivolous, unmediated, and apparently spontaneous. There is, however, also growing interest in how user-generated content might be used in conjunction with more official forms of knowledge to interrogate the ways in which individuals conceive, communicate, and negotiate national and local histories, memories, and identities.
This under-researched area is of particular importance in an increasingly digital age. Our challenge, however, is to consider the Internet not just as a tool for preserving histories, but as an emergent space where diverse memories and identities are actively shaped, contested, and negotiated in the present moment by a wide variety of different stakeholders.
Keynote address – Professor Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow):
‘The Broken Past: Have We Lost Control of Memory?’
Full programme to be announced shortly.
Conference registration is free of charge.
For further information, please see: https://placelessmemories.wordpress.com