[H-verkko] CFP: The Collapse of Memory – Memory of Collapse: Remembering the Past, Re-Constructing the Future in Periods of Crisis

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The Collapse of Memory – Memory of Collapse: Remembering the Past,
Re-Constructing the Future in Periods of Crisis
The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Baltic Borderlands: Shifting
Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region”, a
collaborative programme between the universities of Lund, Tartu, and Greifswald,
invites proposals for conference papers, which discuss how the management of
crisis is affected by previous experiences and memories and how crisis, disaster
or collapse affect cultural memory and political agency. We are particularly
interested in contributions that address how past experiences and knowledge are
re-interpreted and employed in order to overcome situations of crisis and
collapse. Dealing with and mastering situations of crisis, disaster or the
experience of failure depends very much (1) on cultural interpretations of these
events, (2) on the epistemic community which stimulates these interpretations,
and (3) on the agents who contribute to the construction of possible futures.
Against this background, the theorization of collapse/disaster/crisis has to
take into account not only the experience itself, but more especially its
medialization throughout society (Erll, 2006), and therefore the impact of
memory on crisis/collapse/disaster management. Collapse and disaster are
universal or global phenomena. However, the perception and construction of an
event as collapse and disaster may vary from society to society.

We welcome case studies, which deal with social and cultural responses to
social, cultural, political, and economic crises as well as environmental
disasters. Contributions may relate to incisive contemporary issues like the
current refugee crisis, or the Ukraine-Russian conflict and the regional as well
as global responses. However, as current perspectives are rooted in past
experiences, we also welcome contributions with a historical perspective as well
as papers on historical events, like the tulip crisis in the seventeenth
century, the Sepoy Revolt in Delhi in the nineteenth century, or wars in Europe
and other parts of the world.



We invite contributions by both early career and senior scholars from the
humanities and social sciences. The proposed papers should deal with historical
and current events of collapse and disaster. Please submit abstracts of no more
than 300 words in English and a short biographical note by 25 March 2016 to:
waterproj12[at]uni-greifswald.de. Applicants will be notified by 25 April 2016.


The conference is organized jointly by researchers from the IRTG Baltic
Borderlands. Further information is available on our website:




The IRTG Baltic Borderlands will fund travel and accommodation for invited


Further information

Alexander Drost (Greifswald) alexander.drost at uni-greifswald.de

Olga Sasunkevich (Vilnius) olga.sasunkevich at ehu.lt

Joachim Schiedermair (Greifswald) joachim.schiedermair at uni-greifswald.de

Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Lund) Barbara.Tornquist-Plewa at slav.lu.se



IRTG Baltic Borderlands

Universities of Lund, Tartu, and Greifswald

Rubenowstraße 2

17489 Greifswald


Ilmoituksen lähetti: Maare Paloheimo <paloheimot[at]uni-greifswald.de>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 26.3.2016
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: https://collapseofmemoryofcollapse.wordpress.com/