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Memory Studies Association 2022

Annual Conference

3-7 July, 2022
Sogang University, Seoul, Korea

The MSA 2022 Local Organizing Committee regrets to inform you that the conference in Seoul for July 3-7, 2022 has been cancelled. The MSA has made this difficult decision to cancel due to the risks of the Omicron variant and the restrictions on international travel. We understand that this change may cause great inconvenience for you and are sincerely sorry. Please see the cancellation announcement from the MSA below for further details.







MSA Seoul Cancellation & Nominations Extended

Dear colleagues,

To our great regret, we write to you now to announce that this year's Sixth Annual MSA Conference, intended to take place in Seoul between 3-7 July, will be cancelled.

The unfortunate and difficult circumstances through which we all have lived since 2020, and continue to live now, have highlighted the need to be cautious and flexible. We had hoped to meet many of you in person in Seoul after two years of largely online reunions, but the risks of the Omicron variant and the uncertainty it brings with it are unfortunately too high. International travel is currently one of the most complicated results of the pandemic, and we have reason to believe that due to restrictions in Korea it will be impossible for us to organize the Conference in person and on campus as intended. In particular, we believe the quarantine and self-isolation rules would crucially impact the possibilities of attending from outside the country, and this would sadly limit the opportunities for scholarly and professional exchange, particularly amongst our Asian colleagues.

For these reasons we have decided to cancel this year's conference and hope to reconvene in a future (safer, more certain) moment. This is not to say that there will not be any MSA 2022 activities — the Presidents, Executive Committee and the Seoul Local Organizing Committee are currently working hard to provide an alternative range of online events. Further details will be available soon.

On a more positive note, we would also like to remind you that the MSA continues to grow, and that it does so through direct engagement and cooperation with its members. We are currently accepting nominations for the upcoming elections for President-Elect and Executive Committee members, and we would like to use this opportunity to announce that the deadline for nominations has been extended to February 11. Now, more so than ever, we want to hear from you and hear your different visions and ideas for the future of the MSA.

As usual, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions. We thank you for your understanding and flexibility, and hope to see many of you in whichever format we can. We will be back in touch soon.
Stay safe and be well,

Aline Sierp, Jenny Wüstenberg & Jeffrey K. Olick (Co-Presidents)
Sarah Gensburger (President-Elect)
Jelena Đureinović, Catherine Gilbert, Sang-Hyun Kim, Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska, Hanna Teichler & Joanna Wawrzyniak (Executive Committee)







Call for Proposals

The deadline for submissions for the MSA 2022 has been extended to February 5, 2022, 5pm (KST). We appreciate that the current challenging circumstances have made it more difficult to prepare submissions. We hope that this extension will provide an additional opportunity for those who need more time to prepare their proposal submissions.

The Memory Studies Association (MSA) is now accepting proposals for its sixth annual conference, July 3-7, 2022. This year’s conference is hosted by the Critical Global Studies Institute, Sogang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The MSA is pleased to have its next annual meeting in Seoul, as the first one to take place outside of Europe. In the hope that the COVID-19 situation will improve, the MSA 2022 Program Committee has decided that the conference will be organized as an IN-PERSON event. We will closely monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Korean government's policy to ensure the health and safety of all participants. While the main events will be live-streamed, due to technical and financial limitations a fully hybrid event will not be possible. In order to accommodate more participants, however, working and regional groups are also invited to organize a limited number of fully on-line events to take place in addition to the main conference program immediately before and after the in-person meeting. The MSA Forward and Methodological workshop will also take place on-line. For more information, click here.

The theme of this year's conference is Solidarity. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic — amid rising inequality and the climate crisis — have forcefully demonstrated the necessity and precarity of solidarity, as well as its contested nature. This has, in turn, brought to light the need to reflect upon the pivotal role of collective memory in constructing, reinforcing, or interrogating various forms of solidarity. We hope that the conference will provide an opportunity to bring together a range of different approaches and analyses for illuminating the multi-faceted and multi-layered dimensions of mnemonic solidarity. We particularly encourage proposals that critically examine the limitations of the prevailing epistemologies of antagonistic and/or cosmopolitan memory, de-center global North perspectives, and explore new ways of imagining transnational mnemonic solidarity based on justice, mutual understanding, and recognition of differences. Of course, we also very much welcome proposals on all other areas of memory studies — especially those areas that have been relatively under-explored.

The MSA will make available a limited number of travel grants for low-income members. Details will be announced soon.

As has been announced, in addition to the main conference program immediately before and after the in-person meeting, a limited number of the MSA Working and Regional Group events and the MSA Forward and Methodological Workshop will be held online. Please contact the Working/Regional Groups and the MSA for details:

· Working Groups:

https://www.memorystudiesassociation.org/non-members-groups

· Regional Groups:

https://www.memorystudiesassociation.org/non-members-regional-groups-2

· MSA:

https://www.memorystudiesassociation.org/contact-us

Key Information

Submissions are now open! You can go to the submission portal via the link at the bottom of this page.
  • MSA 2022 Conference Dates : July 3-7, 2022
  • Submission Deadline (extended): February 5, 2022, 5pm (KST)
  • Notification of Acceptance : March, 2022 (specific date TBA)
  • All presenters must be MSA members in good standing, having paid their membership fees. For more information on how to join, please visit our 'Become a Member' page.

Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants will be made available for low-income members. Details will be announced soon.

Questions?

Further questions can be addressed to conference@memorystudiesassociation.org.

Submission