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Race, Memory, and Identity

Call for Papers

Theme: Race, Memory, and Identity
Type: 6th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race
Institution: Monmouth University
Location: West Long Branch, NJ (USA)
Date: 14.–16.11.2019
Deadline: 1.7.2019

This conference aims to bring together scholars from multiple
disciplinary perspectives to broadly explore the intersections of
Race, Memory, and Identity. Contemporary social, political, and media
discourses demonstrate the continued need to evaluate the differing
ways that race and identity impact memory in connection to history,
trauma, loss and remembrance. Understanding memory as both a subject
and a tool can act to promote conversations about how memories of the
past impress upon individual and collective memory to affectively
shape racial and cultural identities. How might we remember the
legacies of personal and historical injustices in the present while
at the same time shaping the future to allow for an exploration of
the persistently entangled forces of remembrance, identity, and

This year, historian Dr. William Sturkey, UNC, Chapel Hill, will
deliver the opening plenary lecture. Dr. Qiana Whitted, USC, and
other distinguished speakers will also participate in this conference

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Race program committee eagerly
invites proposals from students, scholars, researchers, artists, and
teachers around the world on topics related to the scholarly and/or
pedagogical aspects of the conference’s themes. Some examples of
topics one could pursue under the conference theme include, but are
not limited to:

- Art, artifacts, comics, sequential art, visual culture, murals,
 street art
- Collective, public, and personal memory
- Ethnic, cultural, or national identity
- Fluidity of identity
- Social memory
- Memory construction, remembrance, maintenance
- Identity: imagined and real
- Authenticity, acculturation, appropriation
- Social practice / social relevance
- Erasure / forgetting
- Counter memory
- Social justice
- Individual / Sociocultural processes of identity
- Representations of the past
- Monuments, memorials, markers, museums
- Preservation
- Oral history / storytelling / narrative identity
- Intersectionality
- Commemoration, nostalgia, memorialization
- Transmission of memory
- Sense of place and displacement
- Cultural production and consumption
- Ritual, rites of passage, celebrations

Formats include:

- Organized Panels (3 to 4 panelists, one chair, and optionally, one
 discussant) – Individual papers, maximum of 20 minutes in length
 (panels of 4 have a maximum of 15 minutes in length for papers)
- Single papers (not part of an Organized Panel)
- Roundtables (between 4 to 6 participants) – 5 minute opening
 statements from participants and then conversational dialogue with
 the audience
- Workshops on specific teaching techniques or practices
- Proposals for poster displays and presentations
- Meet the Author/Podcaster/Artist sessions — an opportunity for
 exchanges between authors and end-users of various media to explore
 explanations of methods, and suggestions for use

Proposals should be sent to by July 1,
2019 and should include: a maximum 250-word abstract, with title, for
each paper, a panel title for organized panels, and brief a one page
curriculum vitae for each participant. While we intend to have full
A/V capabilities, A/V is subject to failure, regardless of location.
As always, handouts are welcome.

Conference conveners:

Brooke Nappi
Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology, Department of History and

Maryanne Rhett
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and World History, Department
of History and Anthropology


6th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race