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.

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.


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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:

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· Regional Groups:

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