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Memory, identity and cultural change 
Elizabeth Carnegie (University of Sheffield)
Start time:
11 December, 2008 at 13:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

This panel considers the role of memories in challenging or shaping socio-cultural and political narratives and counter narratives at the individual, community or national levels.

Long Abstract

This session will explore how memories can be appropriated or kept alive for political purposes, to reinforce a 'sense of place' or to create a unified story for cultures. It will consider the location, contexts and effects of remembering, exploring who is doing the remembering, why and with what results. This discussion of memory as discourse and practice might be particularly salient within postcolonial societies such as those in the Caribbean where colonial 'memories' become normalised as the 'truth' about the past. In addition, given that tourism represents the largest socio-cultural global phenomenon to have emerged especially within the last few decades, the session will also explore how memory can operate within tourism as a powerful discourse, silencing certain narratives about the past and privileging others, and further, how these discourses relate to tourism practices. Finally, the impacts of memories on individual or communities' sense of ownership of the past and their role in the shaping of the present may also be examined. Papers are therefore invited that address:

•The reclaiming of cultural memories, sacred memories and stolen memories

•The normalising role of memory especially within postcolonial contexts

•Memory shaping within cultural institutions and organisations such as museums

•The role of memory, myth and storytelling in tourist - orientated performance

Accepted papers: