The release of Schindler’s List in 1994 and the subsequent founding of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation took place amid an extraordinary flourishing of public memorial projects and scholarship on memory. At the same time, innovations in digital media technologies began to transform how people communicate, publish, research—and even how they remember the past. Since then, public work on memory—ranging from museums and monuments to truth commissions and survivor documentation—has proliferated, as have ideas about its value for the future. This conference marks the 20th anniversary of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation (the current name and affiliation of the Shoah Visual History Foundation) by examining the trajectories of memory, media, and technology in multiple forms and venues and from the vantage of a range of disciplines. Presentations by scholars and educators on their work will be complemented by roundtable discussions on the role of media archives in research and education, the role of mediated memories in facilitating public action, and the future of these new practices for mediating memory.
Conference organizers invite proposals for presentations (20-minute papers) on these issues, including:
• Creating and preserving media archives of mass violence
• Case Studies in Resistance to Mass Violence (armed, cultural, spiritual, social, communal)
• Landmarks of public memory using new media
• Representing genocide in film and literature
• Case studies in research or teaching with media archives
• Digital genocide studies: working with large data sets
• Trauma and mediated memory
• Media archives and personal narratives of mass violence
Proposals of full panels (three presentations) are also welcome.
Please send proposals (200-300 words), a CV and contact information (name, institutional affiliation, email, telephone), to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2014.