Memory Studies Association Conference 2023

The Memory Studies Association (MSA) welcomes proposals for its seventh annual conference, to be held in person from 3 to 7 July 2023 at Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

The theme of the 2023 conference will be “Communities and Change”.

This overall conference theme draws inspiration from Newcastle’s specific post-industrial material and social landscape.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a city in the North East of England, a region with a long industrial history linked to shipbuilding and coal mining.

The North East has a strong record of local activism and heritage driven by regional change and deindustrialisation. At the same time, the city’s roots go deeper and spread wider, with its location on Hadrian’s Wall – the northern-most frontier of the Roman Empire. It sits within impressive rural and coastal landscapes, in a rich cultural environment with heritage sites, castles, iconic bridges, museums, and a thriving artistic community.

Newcastle is a city committed to social justice, from the Jarrow marchers who took the concerns of the unemployed to parliament to its status as a City of Sanctuary welcoming refugees. The vibrant city continues to be shaped by the changing communities that have made Newcastle their home and through an ongoing engagement with memory and reinvention.

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