Reconceptualizing Memory and Post-Traumatic Growth from a Crosscultural Perspective

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 45 (Main Building)
RC35 Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (host committee)

Language: English

This session invites scholars from all over the world working on a sociological re-conceptualization of memory in society of personal/collective loss and recovery after natural and human-made/political disasters.   
The predominant discussion in the collective memory literature in sociology has emphasized the political struggles and the negotiations over predominant meanings and redress movements around events after massive violence and loss.
Accepting this as the main focus or premise of the present sociological analysis of memory in society after violent loss, we want to explore further what happens in the realm of memory more fully to account for a wider range of cases that develop “before the public,” or cases that are “left out” of regular or ordinary accounts in public memory of loss/violence/trauma. This void in the sociological literature follows a certain misconception that those who do not join public or collective movements of remembrance, or those who “stay silent” (because of their own or socio-political censorship), are not as important to the salience or significance to the process.
We welcome submissions that bring analytically or empirically “what is typically left out” back into the discussion of sociology of memory and post-traumatic growth from a cross-cultural perspective. We particularly welcome work which addresses analytically or empirically different sites and cultural experiences from a non-western non-hegemonic perspective.
Session Organizers:
Sachiko TAKITA-ISHII, Yokohama City University, Japan and Gabriela FRIED, Department of Sociology, California State University Los Angeles, USA
Mariana ON TEIXEIRA, Unicamp (University of Campinas), Brazil, Brazil
The Intersubjective Dimension of Memory: What Has Been "Left out"
Sachiko TAKITA-ISHII, Yokohama City University, Japan; Gabriela FRIED, Department of Sociology, California State University Los Angeles, USA