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DECEMBER 6, 2024





MEMORY STUDIES '24 / IX. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and the Past will be held online. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center) and will be organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions).

All abstracts are going to be selected according to double-blind reviews and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings E-Book with an ISBN number, which will be sent to you after the conference.


We invite you to join us at the event and would like to emphasize that proposals from different parts of the world are welcomed.


For the publication opportunities, registration conditions and presentation instructions, please visit the REGISTRATION INFO page. 


The term “memory” is a framework concept which is collecting multidisciplinary academic disciplines beneath. Also, the term “memory,” in the individual level or in the social or in the collective level has different connotations due to the interdisciplinary conceptualization of the memory itself. Memory can be seen in psychology, as relating to an individual, his / her ways to remember or to forget and amnesia. Else, memory can be regarded in the collective form and as a collectively shared representation of the past, or it can come up with the political terms like national memory, public memory, vernacular memory or counter-memory.

Additionally, collective memories can also be regarded as a “floating gap” between memory and history. Therefore, remembering and amnesia play a significant role in defining the positioning of the memory. The “cultural memory,” comprises that body of reusable texts, images, and rituals specific to each society in each different time era which they can be in the form of the texts, rites, images, monuments and buildings that are designed to recall fateful events in the history of the collective. They are sanctioned as a common heritage of a society that is accumulated in the longue duree. As coined with individual and cultural memory “the idea of individual memory,” as Maurice Halbwachs states, “absolutely separate from social memory, is an abstraction almost devoid of the meaning.” How a nation remembers also defines a branch in memory studies because “nations can repress with psychological impunity; their collective memories can be changed without a ‘return of the suppress’”. Other than individual amnesia, we can speak about a social forgetting which links social, political and cultural factors at work.

The interdisciplinary character of the memory links itself to various areas from psychology, sociology, history, identity studies, literary studies, urban history, space history, media studies to discourse analysis and other relevant fields linking the subject with the use of memory.

In 2019, The DAKAM Memory Studies Conference, in its fourth year, aims to provide a platform for discussions and research, which consider various aspects of literature as a memorial medium to contribute to the larger discussion of the ways in which societies and individuals recollect their past and as a field of observation of personal memory to explore and experience the complexities of the mind and emotions.


Scholars from different fields such as political science, history, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, urban studies, architecture, literature, poetry, art history, life sciences and other fields are welcomed to propose their interdisciplinary work at the conference. 

written by Özge Mumcu


Abstract Submission Deadline: 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2024

Registration Deadline: 

OCTOBER 25, 2024

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 

NOVEMBER 22, 2024






  • History and Memory

  • Remembrance and Memory

  • Popular History and Memory

  • Individual Memory and Amnesia

  • Urban Studies and Memory

  • Longue Duree Analysis and Memory

  • Communicative Memory

  • Political Science and Memory

  • Popular Culture and Memory

  • Nostalgia

  • Memory and Film

  • Documentary and Memory

  • Memory and Literature


Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Berch Berberoglu

University of Nevada, Reno

Prof. Dr. Zeynep Suda

Istanbul University

Emeritus Professor Klas Borell

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bashir Abul Qaraya

Zayed University

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doris Mironescu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Grobler

Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Andreea Mironescu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University

Dr. Anna-Marie Jansen van Vuuren

University of Johannesburg

Dr. Dana Margalith

Tel Aviv University

Dr. Daniel de Zubía-Fernández

Maynooth University, Ireland

Dr. Julian Pigott

Ryukoku University, Japan

Dr. Mercedes Carbayo-Abengozar

Maynooth University, Ireland

Dr. Özge Mumcu Aybars

Ugur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation

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Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa



The 2022 Conference will be held online

NIPPON Meeting Halls in Istanbul

Nippon Hotel, Taksim

Topçu Caddesi No:6, Taksim, Beyoğlu, Turkey


Nippon Meeting Halls are located in the heart of Taksim, the cultural center of Istanbul and it is easily accessible by metro, taxi or bus. 


You can easily reach Nippon Conference Halls by walking from Taksim Square.


Taksim can be regarded one of the most central places in Istanbul.


From the airport you can directly reach Taksim by taking the white HAVATAŞ Buses. Taksim

is also easly accessible by many bus lines, yellow minibus lines or two different metro lines.


Here are some useful links for public transportation in Istanbul.


Click here for the Istanbul metro network map.


Click here for the transportation fares and cards.


Click here for general information on public transportation in Istanbul.



The presentations will be uploaded to the website in the form of videos on the day of the conference. Participants will be able to follow the presentations in the order they prefer.


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