Remembering Children Workshop

Call for Papers

Remembering children workshop
Workshops

This workshop will bring together both researchers and practitioners, encouraging discussion and collaboration between those who study how children and their lives are remembered locally, nationally and transnationally and those who put memory into practice.

  • From: Monday 9 March 2020, 9 am
  • To: Monday 9 March 2020, 5 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

Event details

A fundamental shift has occurred in recent decades in how children are understood: they are no longer mere “footnotes” in our societies but are seen as central actors. This transformation of children and their agency is also being recognized in memorials, museums and in historiography, with a growing number of sites developing exhibitions dedicated to the plight and lives of children and families. And children are remembered not merely in the past; they figure prominently in the “memory of the present.” On September 8, UNICEF launched a large memorial installation in New York City, using 3700 backpacks to draw attention to children killed in conflict zones. Heart-breaking images of child refugees who drowned while trying to reach safety have “gone viral” and become digital memorials of sorts. Thus, the public memory of children – whether long or only just past – links directly to advocacy and the assumption of responsibility in the present, including that of children themselves.

This workshop will bring together both researchers and practitioners, encouraging discussion and collaboration between those who study how children and their lives are remembered locally, nationally and transnationally and those who put memory into practice. We will 1) take stock of how and where children are present in public memory; 2) think about how to create spaces for children in public memory; and 3) discuss how to facilitate memory-making by children themselves. The workshop will result in a peer-reviewed publication of selected contributions as well as a funding bid for a longer-term collaboration in research and practice. We will cover travel expenses  for selected workshop participants.

Call for Papers - submission details:

We welcome contributions that examine any aspect of how children are remembered in public memory, as long as they explicitly situate their research or practice example in the literature of memory and heritage studies. Proposals may include (but are not limited to) such questions as:

  • How are children and their plight represented at various sites of commemoration or heritage (locally, nationally and internationally)?
  • What and where are the intersections between children’s memories that are more ‘private’ (home/family etc), as opposed to those memories related to public, national large-scale events?
  • How are children remembered through cultural media such as literature, including children’s literature, art, film etc.? How might these media of memory relate to physical sites of memory and heritage?
  • What types of narratives are used to explain children’s lives and their resilience to the public?
  • What audiences are targeted through sites that include children as historical actors? How are children engaged as audiences?
  • To what extent are children discussed differently than adults? What role does playing have in public memory?
  • How can children be involved as co-producers of memory and heritage?
  • How can “difficult histories” be made approachable for young people?
  • What are the challenges when facilitating and empowering children to take ownership of their memories and memory-making?
  • How has memory and/or heritage studies dealt with children so far and what are possible innovative approaches?
  • How have recent developments in digital media contributed to the changes in how children and their memories are understood?

Proposals should include: a title, abstract (up to 300 words), and short bio (up to 200 words). Submission deadline: January 15 2020

For further questions or to submit proposals, please email: rememberingchildren@gmail.com

Inquiries can also be directed at Dr. Jenny Wüstenberg at: jenny.wustenberg@ntu.ac.uk

Location details

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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