CFP: International Conference Communicating Memory Matters: Next Steps in the Study of Media Remembering and Communicative Commemoration

Memory and Media Network
University of Salzburg, Austria
September 16-17 2020.
Stichtag: 01.03.2020

Memory is a communicative affair. Media and the forms of interaction and sensemaking they enable shape the ways people come to connect to a collective past, store personal reminiscences, and return to bygone moments. As such, every new wave of information and communication technology has brought about shifts in mnemonic culture.

The practices and processes of media remembering and communicative commemoration receive an increasing academic attention across disciplines. Our conference addresses this nascent area of inquiry. It calls for contributions that explore the fundaments of communication memory studies in different academic traditions, map corresponding fields of research, and scrutinize analytical perspectives.

The event brings together theoretical and empirical approaches toward the capacity of communication processes and media environments for memory making. Due to the variety of paradigms, we believe that it is necessary to work across disciplines and embrace an international perspective.

The conference is open to research related to questions of memory, media, and communication. And it invites senior as well as emerging scholars to contemplate the future of communication memory studies.

Contributions can address, but are not limited to, the following aspects:

  • Journalism and the role of journalistic memory agents
  • Memory and visual communication
  • Remembering and forgetting in academia, most notably communication studies
  • Media nostalgia in networked communication
  • Media witnessing and digital media
  • New media and shifting forms of memory making
  • Data, archives, and information retrieval
  • Memory work in-between the past, the present, and the future
  • Cosmopolitan and transnational media memory

The conference will be hosted by the Memory and Media Network. It is funded by the German Research Foundation.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Karina Horsti (Finnish Academy & University of Jyväskylä), Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow), Carolyn Kitch (Temple University), Randi Marselis (Roskilde University), & Anna Reading (King’s College London)

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts must be submitted via email ( by 1 March 2020. Submissions must contain a front page with all information about the author(s) as well as an anonymized extended abstract (max. 500 words excl. front page and bibliographical references).

General Information
The conference will begin on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, with a Get-Together and end on Thursday, 17 September 2020, with an afternoon session. For updated information concerning the programme, registration, accommodation, and travel, please visit our website

Key Dates
1 March 2020: deadline for abstract submissions
8 April 2020: notification of acceptance
1 May 2020: publication of conference programme
15 to 17 September 2020: conference

Organizers and Contact
Memory and Media Research Network
Professor Christian Pentzold and Professor Christine Lohmeier

Conference Venue
Department of Communication Studies, University of Salzburg, Rudolfskai 42, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

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