Appel à contributions: Figures of Memory

Nous avons le plaisir de transmettre cet appel à contributions pour un colloque international intitulé Figures of Memory. Reading – Experience – Emotions. Books for Children and Young Adults − Theory and Practice of Reception  (IV) qui se tiendra du 1er au 3 juin 2018  à l’institut de philologie polonaise de l’université de Wrocław (pl. Nankiera 15, Wrocław, Poland).

The Culture of Remembrance is treated in humanistic research as a set of ways of dealing with the past and history by both individuals and groups; it refers to the concept of individual and collective memory; it concerns various forms of representation and figures of memory and the past; finally, it attempts to describe their commemoration and inclusion in various cultural texts (including public space). Exploration of the Culture of Remembrance considers the changing and dynamic nature of the phenomenon of memory and its studies emphasise the contemporary perspective on events, also highlighting the subjectivity of the description that inspires, animates, and activates memory.

The Culture of Remembrance as a concept has already taken root in many research disciplines, e.g. history, sociology, literary studies, anthropology, and psychology.

Researchers propose different divisions and classifications of the concept of memory, including the following: individual and collective memory; memory of direct and “late” witnesses; the phenomena of post-memory and second-generation memory; artificial and affective memory; memory of whole stories and memory of scenes and events; partial, selective, fragmentary, and sketchy memory; memory of “spots” and mental images; memory of time and space; memory of gestures and images; and memory of people and objects.

Ways of existence of memory are associated with reconstruction and reinterpretation of the remembered past, mnemonically repeated repertoire, and individual practices of imagination. In a word, another key element to the understanding of the phenomenon of memory are emotions.

Maurice Halbwachs said that “there are as many memories as there are groups, that memory is by nature multiple and yet specific; collective, plural, and yet individual,” while Pierre Nora noticed that memory “remains in permanent evolution, open to the dialectic of remembering and forgetting, unconscious of its successive deformations, vulnerable to manipulation and appropriation, susceptible to being long dormant and periodically revived. . . . only accommodates those facts that suit it; it nourishes recollections that may be out of focus or telescopic, global or detached, particular or symbolic – responsive to each avenue of conveyance or phenomenal screen, to every censorship or projection.”

Since memory is a multi-level, palimpsest phenomenon, it refers to different types of narrative about the past and to the issue of generations. Therefore, the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss a number of issues: How do formulas and figures of memory manifest in literature for children and young adults? How do they take form in words and images/illustrations? How do they function in the narratives intended for the young reader? How are intergenerational dialogues created? How do the visions of the world seen through the eyes of the child and the adult overlap (e.g. artistic creations of childhood images, child’s way of seeing representations of history, here including the period of wartime extermination, the Holocaust, legacy of communism, etc.)? And, above all, what is the theory and practice of reception of cultural texts on the subject of memory intended for the young reader (including their school reception)?

The conference invites literary historians, literary theorists, and researchers of literature for children and young adults as well as librarianship experts, literary educationalists, teaching experts, psychologists and historians, and all those interested in picture books.

We await your submissions of topics and short abstracts of the papers accompanied by biographical notes until 28 February 2018. Paper topics should be submitted to the following addresses:

Planned languages of the presentations: English and Polish.

The conference will be held at the Institute of Polish Philology, University of Wrocław (pl. Nankiera 15) from 1 to 3 June 2018.

The conference fee is PLN 250/60 EURO.

We will inform you about the bank account number at a later date.

Organisers: University of Wrocław (UWR), University of Warsaw (UW), Pedagogical University of Cracow (UP), University of Valencia, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (ASP)

Organizing Committee:

  • Ryszard Waksmund (UWR)
  • Weronika Kostecka (UW)
  • Dorota Michułka (UWR)
  • Xavier Minguez López  (University of  Valencia)
  • Anita Wincencjusz-Patyna (ASP)
  • Katarzyna Wądolny-Tatar (UP)
  • Angela Bajorek (UP)
  • Małgorzata Chrobak (UP)
  • Kamila Kowalczyk (UWR)
  • Maciej Skowera (UW)
  • Sabina Świtała (UWR)

Cécile Boulaire

maître de conférences HDR à l'Université de Tours, est spécialisée en littérature pour la jeunesse.

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