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Defending Memory

Call for Publications

Theme: Defending Memory
Subtitle: Exploring the Relationship between Mnemonical In/security
and Crises in Global Politics
Publication: Interdisciplinary Political Studies (IdPS)
Date: Special Issue
Deadline: 22.6.2019

A growing literature on ontological security has allowed authors to
explore the link between the self-narrative of a state and its sense
of being in the world by situating political communities in space and
time. However, when an event disrupts, questions, contradicts, or
challenges the dominant self-narrative of a state, the state’s
identity becomes dislocated from its privileged position as it has
never been fixed to begin with. Crisis then re-politicizes what had
become common sense discourse, and creates demands for action, which
could evolve to violence. In such instances, ‘memory must be
defended’, as noted by Maria Mälksoo, inspired by Foucault’s ‘society
must be defended’. Conceptualized in this way, the concept of
defending memory and how it relates to securitization of memory in
context of crisis opens up a wide range of possibilities for thinking
about collective – that is, the state’s – identity formation beyond
the identity/alterity nexus of self/other and more closely linked to
the notion of ontological security, as well as within securitization
theory, and at the same time linking it to politicization, and hence

This Special Issue of IdPS aims at exploring understudied dimensions
of mnemonical insecurity in global politics in order to address the
following questions: How do mnemonic conflicts emerge and develop
across space and time? What kind of strategies political actors apply
to engage in mnemonic conflicts? What kind of events allows for
desecuritization and politicization of memory? How do mnemonic
conflicts occur and express themselves in national, regional, and
global contexts?

If you are interested in writing an article for this special issue,
please send an email with your name and institutional affiliation, an
abstract of approximately 250-300 words, and a short bio of no more
than 200 words to the special issues editors by June 22nd 2019.
The first draft of the article will be expected to be delivered at
the end of September (max. 8,000 words with references).

Contributions from the Global South or addressing issues in the
Global South are especially welcomed.

Guest Editors:

Erica Resende, Brazilian War College, Brazil

Dovilė Budrytė, Georgia Gwinnett College, USA

Douglas Becker, University of Southern California, USA


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