Visible Memories Conference

Syracuse University,

Oct. 2-4, 2008


Conference Theme: The Visible Memories Conference at Syracuse University
invites papers for competitive selection.  The conference will explore
the intersections between visual culture and memory studies with
particular focus on the ways in which memories are manifested and
experienced in visible, material, or spatial form.


Examples of especially relevant and desirable research topics include:
local sites of memory; memorials and archives; environmentalism and
representations of nature; regional, national, or global tourism;
photography or cinema; digital media; and art installations.  We also
welcome other research topics in similarly innovative areas.

The Visible Memories Conference is presented by the Visual Arts and
Cultures Cluster of The Central New York Humanities Corridor, made
possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Corridor
is a large-scale partnership with Syracuse University, Cornell
University, and the University of Rochester that connects scholarship in
five other cluster areas: philosophy, linguistics, religions and
cultures, musicology/music history, and humanities at the interface of

Conference Format: The conference will feature an innovative combination
of events designed to facilitate conversation not only between a variety
of researchers concerned with the study of visual culture and memory but
also between academics and distinguished professionals in art and
design, film production, and institutional archiving.


Featured events will include:


* A keynote lecture by conceptual artist Ernesto Pujol.


* Plenary speakers: Cara Finnegan (Speech Communication, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Andrea Hammer (Landscape Architecture,
Cornell University), George Legrady (Media Arts and Technology and Art,
University of California at Santa Barbara), Julia Meltzer (media
artist), Phaedra Pezzullo (Communication and Culture, Indiana
University), Gregory Sholette (Art and Art History, Queens College),
David Thorne (media artist), Patricia Zimmermann (Cinema and
Photography, Ithaca College).


* Competitive panel sessions.


* Research workshops and roundtables.


* A gallery reception and film/video screenings.


Submission Guidelines: Submit a paper abstract electronically (500 word
maximum).  Include a separate cover page with paper title; author name
and affiliation; and contact information.  Submissions should be
addressed to Dr. Anne T. Demo ([email protected]).


Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference planning committee.
Deadline for abstract submission is May 1, 2008.  Acceptance
notification will be sent by June 1, 2008.

Conference History: Syracuse University has been heavily involved in the
study of public memory and visual culture for the past seven years.  The
university has previously hosted two major interdisciplinary conferences
devoted to the themes of "Framing Public Memory" (2001) and "Contesting
Public Memories" (2005).  These events have attracted national and
international scholars from such disciplines as Anthropology, Rhetorical
Studies, Philosophy, Writing, Geography, and Art.  As a result of these
efforts, the Syracuse University "Public Memory Project" has become a
hub for collaboration among scholars from over a dozen departments and
has hosted numerous individual scholars while supporting specific
memory-related projects within the Syracuse community.


Travel and Accommodations: Syracuse University is located in the heart
of Central New York, close to many major metropolitan areas (2.5 hours
from Buffalo; 4 from Philadelphia; 4.1 from New York City; 5 from
Boston; 5.4 from Pittsburgh).  Conference participants may travel
conveniently to Syracuse, NY, through Syracuse Hancock International


The conference will be held at the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel
).  Other high-quality accommodations nearby include the Sheraton
Syracuse (315-475-3000) and the Genesee Grande Hotel (315-476-4212).


See our conference website for further details:


Additional questions about the conference may be addressed to:


Dr. Anne T. Demo
Phone: 315-443-1032
E-mail: [email protected]


Communication and Rhetorical Studies
100 Sims Hall, Building V
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244