[Blackstudies-l] Call for Papers: “Slavery, Memory and Literature”

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the second in a series to prepare the book Comparative Literary Histories
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“Slavery, Memory and Literature”
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*[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]
The workshop “Slavery, Memory and Literature"—which is the second in a
series to prepare the book Comparative Literary Histories of Slavery, eds.
Mads Anders Baggesgaard, Madeleine Dobie, and Karen-Margrethe Simonsen—will
take place October 18-19, 2017, in Paris, France. The deadline for
submission of abstracts and brief bios is August 1, 2017.*

*Description*: Over the last 3 decades, slavery and its social and cultural
legacies has been an important subject of commemoration, scholarship and
artistic exploration as well as a site of public debate. In this workshop,
we engage this question from the vantage point of literature, understood in
the broadest sense as textual, visual or cinematic depictions of slavery
across genres ranging from memoirs, diaries and travel literature to
novels, documentaries and feature films. We ask how, at different moments,
‘literature’ has contributed to the transmission (or the repression) of the
memory of slavery. The engagements of literature with slavery take many
forms. Literary texts have borne witness to the realities and practices of
slavery both from afar and in the most intimate ways. Literature has helped
to shape the cultural memory of colonial slavery both by contributing to
the repression of atrocities in the formation of national imaginaries and
through the preservation and actualization of the memory of slavery in for
example emergent Caribbean (Vivian Nun Halloran 2009, Catherine A.
Reinhardt 2008) or African (Laura T. Murphy 2012) literatures. And
literature has served and continues to serve to explore, reinterpret and
perhaps counter the colonial archives that were so closely intertwined with
the practices of slavery.

In this workshop, we invite researchers to engage in discussion of
literature and slavery in relation to central questions of memory,
testimony and the formation of archives. We raise questions such as: what
is the relation between history and memory in literary representations of
slavery; who narrates on behalf of whom and to what ends; what are the
central metaphors, storylines and topoi of literary representations of
slavery? What kind of identities and political realities are created or
enabled by texts, what are the performative effects of literary language,
and how do we understand different textual and oral representations of
slavery within literary, cultural and political histories?

We strive for a cross-disciplinary discussion of the ways in which textual
(and other) representations shape and counter the formation of cultural
memory of colonial slavery, encouraging contributions relating to recent
discussions in different fields on the importance of representations for
the formation of a cultural memory of slavery (Myriam Cottias 2007,
Françoise Vergès 2006, Ana Lucia Araujo 2012) and of the related processes
of forgetting and silencing (Gert Oostindie 2011, Michel-Rolph Trouillot
1995, Madeleine Dobie 2010). Of special interest is the ways in which the
politics of remembrance and forgetting reinforce and challenge global
relationships shaped by colonialism. This entails looking at the role of
cultural memory in the formation of diasporic identities (Paul Lovejoy et
al. 2008, Paul Gilroy 1993, Alan Rice 2010), the way in which different
histories and practices of memory and memory politics around the Atlantic
interact and clash (Araujo 2015, Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi 2015) and of
the role of memorialization in contemporary Africa (Bayo Holsey 2008, Mitch
Kachun 2006, Rosalind Shaw 2002).

In recent years, greater accessibility of the colonial archives, especially
through digitization, has also highlighted both the importance and the
limits of these archives as the basis for memory practices, spurring a new
wave of artistic interpretation of and interaction with the archives
(Simone Osthoff 2009) and scholarly reflection of the relationship between
different forms of representation and the archive (Ann Laura Stoler 2010).
A central problematic is the very possibility of capturing and transmitting
events through witnessing and testimonies. This relates to the few but
important historical testimonies from slaves (Nicole N Aljoe 2011, Sandra
E. Greene 2012, Deborah Jenson 2011) – of interest here both for the
narratological and historical specificities of these texts and the for
later importance of these texts for the remembrance of slavery – and to
contemporary testimonies from victims of slavery (Ana Maria Lugão Rios &
Hebe Mattos 2005) and fictional reconstructions of the experience of
slavery. In order to encompass a variety of representations, we invite
papers on both canonical, well known forms of literature like the novel,
the theatre and poetry and non-canonical and alternative forms of
literature, including autobiographies, diaries, essays, travel writing,
account books, ethnographic depictions etc. And the relationship between
textual and other forms of representation, e.g. visual (Marcus Wood 2000,
2010, Nicholas Mirzoeff 2010) bodily, and performative forms of memory
practice. [. . .]

See full description at http://readingslavery.au.dk/

Please send 100-200 word abstracts for 20 min. papers to
madsbaggesgaard at cc.au.dk no later than August 1, 2017 along with a short
biographical note. Participation is free, but participants will have to
cover their own costs for travel and lodging. Lunches will be provided.

For information on recommended accommodation and other practical matters
please do not hesitate to write madsbaggesgaard at cc.au.dk

For more information, contact Mads Anders Baggesgaard, Aarhus University,
Denmark, at madsbaggesgaard at cc.au.dk
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