[csaa-forum] CFP: ‘Doing’ memory research differently AAG 2017

Danielle Drozdzewski danielled at unsw.edu.au
Mon Sep 12 09:51:40 ACST 2016

2nd CFP: ‘Doing’ memory research differently

AAG, 5 - 10 April, 2017, Boston (Massachusetts)
Sponsored by the Qualitative Research and the Cultural Geography Specialty Groups

(Re)productions of memory manifest in public places.  Memory can manifest overtly and materially, in monuments, memorials, museums, cenotaphs; it can be performed, in annual commemorative events (Nora, 1989), marches and public gatherings; it can be part of the everyday landscapes and places of our daily routines (Muzaini, 2015); and, it can be felt as a presence or absence (Mayfield-Bell, 2004), as well as through the scarring of wounded cities (Till, 2012).  The scope for research on, and in places and spaces of memory is extensive.

Geographers are well-placed to undertake memory-based research because it aligns with core concerns of geographical inquiry in its investigations of people, places and cultures.  Memory studies is, however, a multidisciplinary research field, in which an impressive array of qualitative investigative methods is deployed to do research memory. Yet, ‘questions of method and methodology’ related to studies of memory have been limited (Keightley and Pickering, 2013).  In this session we seek to engage with the methods of memory research and in particular a growing engagement with non-representational and more-than-human approaches.  Compelled by the affective capacity of our memory research, we have both been inspired to think about memory in different ways and via different media, to engage with memory’s performativity, its affect, its visuality and its sounds.

In this session we seek scholars working in, and at memory spaces to highlight how they ‘do’ their memory research.  Papers should centre their focus on the method utilised, and how it helped facilitate a more nuanced understanding of the memory practices in question. Contributions could focus on:

- the use of non-representational and more-than-human approaches
- ethnographies (auto, sound, video) and observations
- (audio)visual technologies (GoPro, photography)
- vox pops
- mobile methods (site walks, sound walks)
- embodied and emplaced methods
- mixed methods


·                     Keightley, E., and Pickering, M. (2013) Research methods for memory studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP.

·                     Mayerfeld Bell, M. 2004. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press.

·                     Muzaini, H. (2015) On the matter of forgetting and ‘memory returns’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40, 102-112.

·                     Nora, P. (1989) Between memory and history: Les lieux de memoire. Representations, 7-24.

·                     Till, K. E. (2012) Wounded cities: Memory-work and a place-based ethics of care. Political Geography, 31, 3-14.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words via email to Danielle Drozdzewski (danielled at unsw.edu.au<mailto:danielled at unsw.edu.au>) and Carolyn Birdsall (C.J.Birdsall at uva.nl<mailto:C.J.Birdsall at uva.nl>) by 14 October 2016.

Should you have queries about the potential fit of your paper, please also do get in touch.

Dr Danielle Drozdzewski
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
School of Humanities and Languages
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Rm 365 Morven Brown
UNSW Australia
Kensington, NSW, 2052

Ph: +61 2 9385 8283
Email to: danielled at unsw.edu.au<mailto:danielled at unsw.edu.au>
Web: https://hal.arts.unsw.edu.au/about-us/people/danielle-drozdzewski/
Twitter: @DanielleDroz

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