Women in German Conference, 18-21 October 2007, Snowbird, Utah:
Gendered Pasts – Gendered Memories?
In recent years we have seen the growth of a significant body of work
exploring the role of collective memories for nations and ethnic
communities. With the exception of the analysis of how the preservation
of cultural memory is often located in the figure of a woman, gender
has largely been left out of the discussion. For this panel we invite
proposals for papers that specifically address or theorize the
gendering of collective memories in relationship to the
historical/political context in which those memories are produced. More
specifically we are asking:
• How does gender play a role in what histories serve as the basis for
public memory discourses?
• How does gender shape the ways in which histories are being remembered?
• In what ways is history / are histories gendered in discourses of memory?
• How is the participation in public memory discourses gendered?
• In what ways do memory discourses construct gender roles?
• What strategies exist to challenge normative understandings of gender
via discourses of memory?
Papers that address these questions might analyze memory discourses in
literature, film, oral histories, memorials, commemoration ceremonies
or other public events that interpret the history of Germanspeaking
Europe and German – transnational encounters. Topics might include, but
are not limited to, discourses of memory constructed around the
persecution of women as witches in the Middle Ages, experiences of war,
expulsion, the Holocaust, the division and unification of Germany,
migration, and colonialism.
Please send proposals to all three panel organizers by 15 March 2007 to
Kai Herklotz ([log in to unmask]), Waltraud Maierhofer
([log in to unmask]), and Kirsten Kumpf
([log in to unmask]).
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