[H-verkko] CFP: Työpaja nälkänhätien muistitiedosta, Uppsala 28-30.9.2017

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Työpaja nälkänhätien muistitiedosta, Uppsala 28-30.9.2017


Workshop Famine Stories and Survival Legends:

 Legacies to the Following Generations

Uppsala University, Sweden, Thu 28 – Sat 30 September 2017    


The transnational research project Comprehending the Core by Peeling the
Concepts: Analyzing Famines in their Historical Contexts(COMPOT) invites
individual paper and session proposals for its forthcoming thematic workshop.
This will be the third in our series of workshops, which form part of the
research project funded by NOS-HS.[1]

Famines have been a recurring strain on humanity throughout history. In this
workshop we will, by means of historical research and memory studies, focus on
experiences, values and meanings of events and phenomena related to famines
rather than on factual written documentation of them. Sources of memory studies,
which include interviews, diaries, letters, memory-based prize essays,
autobiographies etc., provide aspects of events and phenomena conveying
subjective experiences and attitudes of eyewitnesses and other contemporaries. A
key feature of researching memories is enhancing further the polyphony of the
past rather than highlighting causal chains or factual accuracy.

Memory studies can bind the past to the researcher’s own contemporary world.
For example, oral history has transmitted famine memories from past to present
generations. Fascinating questions which arise in this context include: why are
stories on famines still told, and why do these stories tend to be more popular
in some communities than others?

We can approach memory-based knowledge from three viewpoints. Firstly, it can be
used either as a data sourceon peoples’ approaches to their past. Secondly,
memory-based know­ledge can be regarded as the object of the research and lens
through which to examine methods, structures, and layers of constructing
memories. Thirdly, memory-based knowledge can be used as a method for collecting
material and information on the past. For example, interviewing informants is an
established research method.

In sum, in our third workshop we define memory studies sufficiently broadly to
include, in addition to traditional interview studies, the examination of
legacies and layers of famine research, collective memory history from below,
counterfactual speculation on “alternative histories”, as well as
researchers’ role in creating famine legends. The main goal of this
multidisciplinary workshop will be to discuss various traditions of famine
reminiscence, their persistence over time as well as their significance and
legacies for the present day.

The project COMPOT concentrates on famines in Estonia, Finland, Iceland, India,
Ireland and Sweden. However, the programme committee is inclined to consider
famines of other countries as well. Cross-country comparisons are especially
welcome. Famines of any time period and any geographical extent are eligible.

The accepted papers are to be distributed in advance, and oral presentations
will be limited to 15 minutes. The project aims to publish a selection of papers
after peer-reviewing. The language of papers and presentations is English. The
workshop will be hosted by Uppsala University and facilities are provided by its
Dept. of Economic History ( http://www.ekhist.uu.se/?languageId=1 ).

Individual paper proposals should include an abstract of 250–500 words and
one-page CV. Session proposals should contain a session abstract of 250–500
words, abstracts of three or four papers along with brief CVs of their authors.
All these documents should be submitted by 28 February 2017 to the chair of the
programme committee, Timo Myllyntaus [email: timmyl at utu.fi], via email in Word
or RTF format.


[1] The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and
Social Sciences (NOS-HS) [http://www.nos-hs.org/]


Ilmoituksen lähetti: Timo Myllyntaus <timmyl at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 1.3.2017

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