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Travelling Concepts III: Memory, Image, Narrativity
Amsterdam, March 2002

Travelling Concepts III: Memory, Image, Narrativity

The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
University of Amsterdam

13, 14, 15 March, 2002

Guest Speakers: Stephen Bann, Elizabeth Legge and Mieke Bal

Over the past year, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the ASCA
seminar group have discussed the concepts of memory, image and narrativity based
on the work of Mieke Bal, Walter Benjamin, Andreas Huyssen, Marc Auge, Johannes
Fabian, Marianne Hirsh, Norman Bryson, W.J.T. Mitchell and many others. More
specifically, the seminar focused on ways in which memory, image and narrativity
have travelled as concepts between disciplines, scholars, historical periods and
academic communities.

From this perspective, the nature of concepts is understood in a variety of ways.
For example, it is assumed that concepts are normative and programmatic rather
than simply descriptive. While concepts are related to a tradition, they are not
stable and their use cannot boast simple continuity. Concepts are complex and are
never used in precisely the same sense, hence the ramifications, traditions and
histories which are conflated in their current usages need to be unpacked and
evaluated. The validity and usage of concepts is then subject to debate which
proceeds by referring back to the traditions and schools from which these concepts
emerged and forward to their relevance for cultural analysis. And because concepts
travel, the Amsterdam School emphasises the methodological implications of the
interdisciplinary study of culture.

ASCA is now inviting submissions on how memory, image and narrativity have
travelled, as concepts, between disciplines, schools, historical periods and
academic communities, as well as how they can be brought to bear on case studies
in cultural analysis. Those selected will be invited to present their work at a
conference organised by ASCA at the University of Amsterdam, 13, 14, 15 March,

Proposals, in English, should be no more than 250 words in length. In order to be
considered, submissions must reach the following address by November 15, 2001.
Proposals should include all of the perspective participant's addresses (email,
surface, fax) and indicate in which session s/he would wishes to be included
(memory, image, narrativity). Final papers should not exceed 4000 words and must
arrive at ASCA by January 15, 2002. For more information, consult the ASCA web
site at

t.a.v. Joyce Goggin
Spuistraat 210
1012 VT Amsterdam
The Netherlands