The usual subjects of memory studies – wars, revolutions, genocides. and other political upheavals – are clearly marked by museums and monuments, and return to public consciousness at regular, rounded intervals. In contrast, economic crises are less likely to be commemorated by states, and they usually have no clear anniversary moments.
Yet economic crises – depressions, recessions, famines, shortages, and hyperinflation – also have a tenacious, if less obvious, hold on popular memory. Indeed, memories of war and revolution often center on the economic experience of those events. The physical, psychic, and material effects of such crises may long outlast more easily commemorable phenomena. Our era of recurring systemic crises provides a vantage point from which to consider how societies, cultures, and institutions are and have been marked by the memory of previous events.
Remembrance and Solidarity Studies invites papers exploring any aspect of the memory of economic crises of Twentieth-Century Europe (for example: Hyperinflation, Great Depression, OPEC oil price shock). Articles may explore regime efforts to remember or to efface; the relationship between past crises and subsequent policy-making; the work of social movements and organizations to draw lessons or to put forward particular interpretations of past crises; or trace individual approaches to the past in written or visual form.
Please send your proposals by February 1st, 2014. Full papers will be expected by May 1st., 2014. Articles will be accepted in English or in language native to the author. Download full call for articles