“Memory Economies” is a two-day public symposium, organized by Professors Terri Tomsky (English & Film Studies) and Susanne Luhmann (Women’s & Gender Studies). It brings together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to examine the complex, and so far rarely examined, relationship between memory and economy.
In short, this symposium sets out to explore the economies of memory: the way institutions, communities, agents, and special interest groups manage, mediate, and re-value memory. It will investigate the principal actors, institutions, rhetoric, medium, technologies, and materialities in memory cultures today. Proposed papers cover a range of topics critical to the intersection of memory and economy, including fluctuating systems of value, ethical and political concerns, pedagogy and curatorial practices, public engagement, the role of history in heritage and tourism, dynamics and uneven development in memory cultures, the future of communities, and the significance of the environment.