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Call for proposals - 2018 Emerging Scholars Symposium



"Memories in Motion"

5th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University invites proposals for our fifth Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice.  The one-day event will offer emergent scholars an opportunity to present their work, to exchange ideas, and to connect with other researchers and creators. 

Memories in Motion is the title and main theme of the symposium.  As Program Committee, we invite participants to engage with the conference theme broadly and creatively.  Participants are welcome to submit proposals on:

  • Moving Memories: Which emotions do storytellers evoke when sharing their life-stories and memories?  How are these emotions performed?  What is the emotional impact on the listener?  As oral historians, how can we capture the emotional resonance of oral history interviews in our storytelling and creative practice?
  • Memories That Move: As oral historians and storytellers, we are committed to telling stories that move our audience. How can the power of storytelling be harnessed to affect social change?
  • Memories on the Move: Memories can travel across space and time and across linguistic, cultural, and national boundaries.  How do migrants – or those displaced from their homelands by war, violence, or government orders – recall their journeys?
  • Memories in Motion: More and more researchers are “translating” oral memories into different storytelling formats and media, thereby transforming life-narratives into art installations, performances, graphic novels, documentaries, historical walking tours, etc.  We are interested in learning more about the ways in which emergent scholars – in Montreal and beyond – are transforming their oral history research into creative practice.
  • Mobile Methodologies: Many researchers have begun to dispense with the traditional sit-down oral history format and conduct “walking interviews” instead, in which interview partners share their “emplaced memories” at the site of former homes, work-places, sites of activism, and/or neighbourhoods. How does your research engage with mobile methodologies?

We are open to accepting proposals that engage with the conference theme in creative ways and take it into unexpected directions.

Memories in Motion is an interdisciplinary gathering that invites proposals from emergent scholars in oral history, digital storytelling, and creative practice.  Scholars in related fields, including museum studies, education, documentary filmmaking, memory studies, new media arts, sociology, and anthropology, are encouraged to submit proposals.

Participants may present their work in a variety of formats, including presentations, web-sites, films, artworks, mini workshops, mobile apps, or performances.  In order to be able to showcase a broad range of projects, each participant will be limited to no more than 15 minutes, followed by time for questions and discussions.  The symposium is bilingual; presentations may be in either French or English.

Please submit a short abstract (400 words), a one-page CV, and a brief bio (150 words) to cohds.chorn.symposium@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 21st, 2018.


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