What happens when the procedures of "forced forgetting" are revealed? Our panel will delve into the subject of forced forgetting and its revelation in different socio-cultural settings.
Robinson and Bishop (1997) declare that the "aphasia" or code of silence in Thailand ultimately helped preserve its existing hierarchies of race, nationalities, class and gender. Buyanderger's studies (2013) on the ethnography of Mongolia state that forced forgetting ("technologies of forgetting") was utilized by the state to undermine social remembering of past atrocities and violence, in an effort towards nation-building; it's argued that these technologies generated violence through the practice of domination and oppression.
The panel shall explore the significance of historical and present "forgetting", channeled through self-censorship or enforced by the state. In this light, we'll question: what happens when the technologies and procedures of forced forgetting are unveiled? What impact does this revelation have on the formation of shifting socio-cultural memories? What do recovered "memories" do to the society in question, and to the world at large?
We welcome papers and collaborations, multi-disciplinary and other, historical or present; relevance to current state of affairs are encouraged, cultural and creative explorations are also welcome.