Save as…digital memories

I just came across an interesting call for papers on how digital media (blogging among them) are changing forms of memory. I couldn’t find a website for the project, so here is the call in its entirety:

Save as…: digital memoriesThis co-edited book aims to address how digital media are changing the languages, forms and practices of memory. The book explores how digital media technologies such as the World Wide Web, mobile video phone, personal computer, digital archives and video games may be rearticulating discourses of memory, memory prosthetics and the practices associated with commemorating, recalling and memorialising the past. Articles in the book will include original, trans-cultural and international research and may critically synthesize and seek to extend theoretical material from the disciplines of anthropology, cultural studies, geography, history, holocaust studies, psychology, philosophy, sociology, media studies, museum studies, and psychoanalysis. The book seeks to be an accessible but scholarly critique aimed at level 2 & 3 undergraduates and MA level postgraduate students on a growing number of courses/modules in memory studies from within a variety of disciplines.

Part One: Digital Memory Discourses (section editor Andrew Hoskins)

This section traces the growing public, academic, and mediated discursive contestations of a past that seems increasingly interdependent upon digital media, for its survival in the present. Contributions will map the shifting modes and media of documentation and later representation of the past, against discourses on that past. Abstract proposals for this section can include (but are not restricted to) the following topics/themes:

Digital media as memory ‘schema’, Digital media ecologies, Personal vs. public memory discourses, Virtual spaces, biographies, Institutional memory, News narratives, Journalistic testimonies, Visual media ‘templates’, Photojournalism

Part Two: Digital Memory Forms (section editor Anna Reading)

This section addresses how digital, mobile and interactive media environments are providing new media forms and prosthetics for personal and public memories in different cultural contexts. The contributions will address the extent to which the impact of digital media on forms of memory is important to a reworking of the theoretical understandings of time and space in relation to mediated commemorating, remembering, witnessing and forgetting in post-industrial 21st century societies. Abstract proposals for this section could include new research on the past in relation to digital media forms and environments such as history in video games, the digital mobile family album; sound and music sampling; digital diaries and blogs.

Part Three: Digital Memory Practices (section editor Joanne Garde-Hansen)

History from below is now mediated through digital storytelling, weblogs, personal journalism, online reunion sites, personal digital collections, digital memory mapping, as well as peer to peer networks. A number of theoretical implications now arise as personal memories intersect with ‘memory institutions’; concerning editing, organization, interpretation, visibility, accessibility, archivability, permanency, corruptibility, obsolescence, and future use. This section addresses such implications for our understanding of mediated memory, history and forgetting.

We ask for abstracts for chapters of 200 words plus a biography for one of the sections. We strongly encourage submissions from non-UK scholars or on non-UK themes. Deadline August 31st 2006 to Anna Reading, readinam[at]lsbu[dot]ac[dot]uk.

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