Postgrad Conf. CFP, ‘Afterlives of violence’

Afterlives of violence: contested geographies of past, present and future

A one-day, interdisciplinary conference at the University of Brighton,
29th June 2017 10-5 in M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade

Keynote address from Berber Bevernage, Ghent University

Organised by the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories and the Critical Studies Research Group

Traces of the past (including past futures) have the potential to unsettle linear understandings of time underpinning discourses that aim to draw a line between the past and the present. Such material legacies become subject to a complex articulation of contested regimes of visibility, readership and belonging that can also be explored in their material and spatial implications.

The aim of this postgraduate conference is to expand traditional understandings of the politics of memory and to highlight the relationship between spatiality and temporality. Important questions and areas of exploration involve, among others; how can we best approach, both methodologically and theoretically, spaces haunted by violent events? How can we best account for the multidirectional constellation of repetitions, anticipations and repressed returns in its geographical manifestations?

Topics to be covered might include:
Politics of time, chronopolitics
Spectral geographies, haunting and place
Ruins and processes of ruination
Contested geographies of memory, memoryscapes
Transitional justice and temporal difference
Landscapes of futurity, hope
Urban and rural memories Politics of heritage and tourism
Time and postcolonial theory Oral history and time
Time and the body Landscapes of memorialisation
New materialist archaeologies Geographies of absence/presence
Queer time(s)
Monuments and memorials
Rhythms of everyday life
Mnemohistory and space

There is no registration fee. We welcome proposals of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers. Please submit your abstract by Friday 19th May 2017 to