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Session Call for Papers – Places of the past and placemaking: imagined spaces and collective memory

NZGS/IAG Conference, 2018
Creative conversations, constructive connections

11th to 14th July, 2018

The School of Environment, University of Auckland
Session Call for Papers
Session convenors: Diti Bhattacharya and Clarissa Carden
We are seeking proposals for fifteen minute papers to be considered in the following session:

Places of the past and placemaking: imagined spaces and collective memory

Places are powerfully associated with events, biographies, and emotion. These associations with places may be passed down through generations. Where a significant location is irrevocably changed or disappears, it creates a void which can be filled with a strange combination of collective and individual memories and the imagination of younger generations. Over time, these imagined and collectively remembered representations of place come to overtake more historically grounded understandings. They can imbue the space that remains with a deeper meaning: a meaning rooted in myth and affective resonances. They can also lead to an urge to recreate imagined and remembered spaces of history. This interdisciplinary panel explores the way in which collective memories of the past are evident in contemporary interactions with places of political, cultural, and historical significance. Such interactions may include casual visits or more extensive searches for traces of the remembered past. They may also involve replication of historical places and the erasure of inconvenient facts. We are seeking papers which will explore the ways in which place- making extends beyond its geographical and temporal boundaries, and recognise this process is inherently and inescapably malleable.

Please send an abstract (150 – 200 words) with a title, along with your name, affiliation, and contact information to the session convenors at and

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