Call for Book Chapters: Memory Studies: An Anthology of Perspectives

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    Shashi Bhusan Nayak

    Chapter proposals are invited for a volume on contemporary memory and literary studies edited by Dr. D. Sudha Rani ( VNRVJIET ), Dr. Rachel Irdaya Raj ( VNRVJIET ), Dr.Shashibhusan Nayak (MLA).

    Memory studies is an increasingly diverse, interdisciplinary, and dynamic field of knowledge that spans multiple disciplines. Sociologists, psychologists, literary critics, media, cultural studies scholars, and natural and applied scientists have been exploring the concepts and application of memory to evolve a theoretical, conceptual, and methodological framework to investigate this emerging field of study. Memory—personal, collective, cultural—is crucial to the formation, conservation, and preservation of the identity of an individual, community, society, and nation. The act of remembering involves narration, and storytelling is a form of storing. As narration moves from oral, written, and visual forms to the digital, it becomes imperative to understand the interface between and among the human and the non-human, digital and analog, and its impact on memory and its narrativization.

    The explosion of technology allows us to know what we need to know and preserve what we want our future generations to know. To study and document certain forms of knowledge that are crucial to defining who we are, this interdisciplinary edited collection aims to bring together researchers, academics, technologists, corporates, and students to discuss, debate, and understand the various storytelling strategies adopted by different communities, regions, and nations to record and preserve their identities and collective memories. Since technology has assumed a key role in this endeavor, it is necessary to assess the impact of technology on both the content and form of memory and its narration. The edited collection attempts to understand how the past, present, and future are formed, framed, mediated, and remediated through various forms of storytelling. Drawing on the theoretical and methodological approaches offered by literary, cultural, and media studies, history, sociology, psychology, as well as science and technology, this edited collection hopes to investigate the cultural representations of languages, communities, regions, and nations in oral histories, life writings, testimonies, and fictional and nonfictional narratives. The edited collection would examine issues related to memory, identity, representation, and narrativization and the impact of digital technology on memory studies and storytelling.

    The edited collection invites papers on the following themes but is not limited to:

    • Memory studies—theories and praxis

    • Modes and methods of storytelling—of languages, communities, nations, and regions

    • Impact of digital technologies on memory and memory studies

    • Language, literature, and memory

    • Interdisciplinarity and intersectionality of memory and memory studies

    • Memory and oral history

    • Memory and life writing

    • Memory and archive

    • Memory and erasure

    • Memory and marginality

    • Memory and textuality

    • Memory, cognition, and critical theory

    • Memory and the Medium of fiction

    • Memory and (mis)representation

    • Memory and production of identities


    Abstracts of about 200 words, along with up to six keywords, a 50-word bio-note, institutional affiliation, and contact details, should be emailed by 30 June 2023 to as a single MS Word document attachment. Chapter requirements: A chapter should be max. Eight thousand words, including footnotes and bibliography adhering to the MLA 9th edition.

    Important Dates:

    Deadline for abstract submission: 30 July 2023

    Abstract selection notification: 30 August 2023

    Complete Paper Submission: 30 October 2023

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