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International Conference on the Cultural Politics of Memory


Date: 14-16 May 2014

Conference Organisers

Prof. Chris Weedon
Dr Chris Müller
Amal Hallak

CONFERENCE HANDBOOK (updated 13/05/2014)


The politics of remembering and forgetting are important social and cultural issues. The authority, power and resources with which to create hegemonic versions of the past – to give authoritative accounts that are available in the public domain – are largely the property of institutions. Questions of power, voice, representation and identity are central to Cultural and Collective Memory. 

This interdisciplinary conference will address how hegemonic narratives of the past are reproduced or challenged. It will examine the role of Cultural and Collective Memory in shaping meanings, values and identities. Papers are encouraged to address the relationship between past and present in Cultural and Collective Memory and how this relates to social power relations.

Confirmed Keynote speakers are:

Professor Valerie Hill Jackson
, Texas AM University on her GI Brides research project and film

Dr Glenn Jordan, University of South Wales on Collective Memory, Race and Multiculturalism in Cardiff Docklands with a visit to Butetown History & Arts Centre (

Dr Roshini Kempadoo, University of East London

Professor Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University

There will also be a plenary session on our research project here on South Asian Migration and Settlement in South Wales.

Papers are welcome in areas such as:

Please send a 300 word abstract and a short CV to:
Deadline for the receipt of abstracts: 14 February 2014