Cultural Memory

Partitions & Cultural Memory

3-4 June, 2013

Cardiff University

Everyday contemporary life has been shaped, to some extent, by the political partitioning of nations.  9/11, the continued threat of nuclear wars, the rising fundamentalist threat of Islam, the increased military interventions by a ‘retaliating’ West are all considered to be some of the results of the partitions of Palestine and India.  For those of us who live in Europe, partitions, reunifications and the threats of partition (or promises of independence) punctuate our daily news.  For many different reasons, this is a timely moment to examine the phenomenon of partitions and their repercussions on a global scale and to see how events, people, histories and ideas are all powerfully linked to each other.

This is the first of a series of three symposia which will examine different facets of partitions. In this 2 day event, we will be focusing on the legacy of partitions through the theme of Cultural Memory.

Issues we will be examining include:

  • How is cultural memory formed in the aftermath of a partition?
  • What is the relationship between memory and ethnic or racial difference?
  • How do people remember the nation prior to partition?
  • Does the nation-state shape forms of memory?
  • What is the relationship between cultural and personal memory in partition victims?
  • How do post-memories mediate future generations and citizenships?

The symposium will feature a diverse range of papers from both leading experts and new researchers. representing a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds.