The JU Institute of Intercultural Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Applied Liguistics of the University of Warsaw are organising a conference addressed to all researchers interested in various aspects of postmemory. The organisers welcome papers from historians, linguists, specialists in cultural studies, literary studies, film studies, and theatre studies, sociologists, psychologists, art historians, and architects.
Similarly to the previous years’ meetings (in 2014 and 2016), the scope of the conference will not be limited to the consequences of genocide, the Second World War, and the European context. This time, the participants will reflect upon the issue of whether the postmemory discourse has created any specific means of expression. Is it possible to identify the emerging codes and languages characteristic of the expression of inherited traumas within different areas of scholarship and art? According to the Argentinean cultural scholar Beatriz Sarlo, the esthetic canon of postmemory, which determines the ways of remembering, was established in Europe. Is it really possible to speak of canons of presenting subjects from the field of postmemory? If so, are these canons useful, or do they limit our sensibility and the way in which we perceive old traumas? The invitation is primarily addressed to those who seek answers to these questions and to all researchers who study the phenomenon of postmemory in different historical and geographic contexts.
As in previous years, the conference proceedings are planned to be published in a peer reviewed volume. The organisers reserve the right to select the articles for publication.