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>From: Edwin van Meerkerk <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Technologies of Memory in the Arts (Netherlands) 
>(11/1/05; 5/19/06-5/20/06)
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>W/ apologies for cross postings.
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>The conference 'Technologies of Memory in the Arts' focuses on art as a
>cultural and technological practice to process and construct the past in
>the present. Central questions to this conference are: How do art and
>artistic practices function as technologies of memory? How are cultural
>artefacts implicated in complex processes of remembering and forgetting, of
>recollecting and disremembering, of amnesia and anamnesia?
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>As a shared artistic and social practice, cultural memory links the present
>to the past. In doing so, cultural memory has strong ethical and political
>aspects. The arts are continuously engaged in non-linear processes of
>remembering and forgetting, characterised by repetition, rearrangement,
>revision, and rejection. In artistic representations new memories are thus
>constantly constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed by narrative
>strategies, visual and aural styles, intertextuality and intermediality,
>representations of time and space, and rituals of remembrance. These
>complex processes of representation are what we understand by the term
>'technologies of memory'.
>The contemporary fascination with history and memory is accompanied by
>developments in media technology that have simultaneously a petrifying and
>a virtualising effect. Both individual and cultural memory are increasingly
>mediated by modern technologies, which means that memories are not only
>recorded and recollected by media, but are also shaped and produced by
>them. The digital media, in particular, allow for new ways of storing,
>retrieving and archiving personal and collective memories, as well as
>cultural artefacts.
>The conference theme Technologies of memory in the arts specifically
>addresses the material construction of cultural memory. Some panels will
>explore procedures of memory in both traditional and new media. Other
>panels will investigate the role of digitalisation of art and culture in
>relation to memory. Generally, the focus of this conference will be on the
>materiality of representation and on the relation between the medium and
>the construction of cultural memory.
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>Key note speakers:
>- Marita Sturken (University of Southern California)
>- Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)
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>Panels and papers on the conference theme are invited before 1 November 2005.
>Suggested topics:
>- Mediated memories
>- Narrative strategies
>- Intertextuality / intermediality
>- Music as memory work
>- Urban space and spatial dimensions
>- Tourism and heritage
>- Musical subcultures as memory space
>- Representations of memory in the arts
>- Amnesia and anamnesia
>- Icons of the recent past
>- Rituals of remembrance
>- Rituals, music and the shape of memory
>- Nostalgia and pastiche
>- Retro styles as forms of cultural memory
>- Rewritings of the classics
>- Digitalisation of archives
>- Music/sound recordings and the technology of memory
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>The department  of Comparative Arts and Cultural Studies of the Radboud
>University Nijmegen participates in the EU-sponsored research network
>ACUME, a network of over thirty European countries researching cultural
>memory from an interdisciplinary perspective.
>Conference committee: Sophie Levie, Edwin van Meerkerk, Liedeke Plate,
>Mathijs Sanders and Anneke Smelik
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>More information and submission:
>http://www.ru.nl/comparativearts/research/technologies_of
>Contact information: Edwin van Meerkerk,
><mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask], tel. +3124 3615543

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