Memory, Mediation, Remediation Conference 2011
Wilfrid Laurier University Celebrates 100 Years
Memory, Mediation, Remediation:
An International Conference on Memory in Literature and Film
April 28-30, 2011
Memory Studies has recently been established as one of the most urgent contemporary interdisciplinary fields. Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of English and Film Studies is hosting an international conference on the theme of “Memory, Mediation, Remediation” as part of the university’s 100th year celebration. The conference examines not merely the representation and redefining of memory (and history, and nostalgia, etc.) in both literary and filmic texts, but also the question of the degree to which either individual or social memory gets constituted, legitimized and ‘naturalized’ through narrative or visual media forms. Ultimately, this conference hopes to provide a venue for the exploration of literature and cinema as themselves veritable modes of memory, in the shape of allusion, adaptation, remediation, translation, intertextuality, and appropriation.
Today, the word ‘memory’ acts as a catch-all for: (a) the process of recollection or retrieval; (b) the form or ‘place’ in which memory-content is both stored and lost (the archive); and (c) the mnemic content itself, what is commonly referred to as a ‘memory’. This imprecision is exacerbated by the confusion and conflation of personal ‘natural’ memory and forms of collective ‘cultural memory’ which as often as not is another way of talking about ‘history.’ Modern theorists of memory recognize that in speaking of memory one is describing not a unitary subjective phenomenon but a grouping of cognitive functions – or, in terms more amenable to this conference, a constellation of interconnected metaphors. These metaphors continue to be both familiar and powerful, most notably in terms of modernity’s stubborn insistence on memory’s spatial nature.
This conference seeks to extend the exploration of received modes and theories of the representation of memory to a consideration of 21st century globalized values and ideas. ‘Collective,’ ‘social’ or ‘cultural’ memory are not new ideas, but we would encourage exploration what it means to think of ‘culture’ itself as a global memory system; as both source of and storehouse for a society’s most cherished values, ideals, and ideologies.
Featured Speakers include:
Sarah Henstra, Ryerson University | Marlene Kadar, York University
Alison Landsberg, George Mason University
an international conference
on memory in literature and film
Organizers: Russ Kilbourn and Eleanor Ty | Depart ment of English and Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5
This conference was made possible by the support of the Social Science and Humanities
Research Council, the WLU Office of Alumni and Development Relations, the Faculty of Arts,
the Department of English and Film Studies, and Cinematheque Waterloo