Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for article - The Ethical Challenges of Recovering Historical Memory
Call for article proposals due on December 15th 2018
The Ethical Challenges of Recovering Historical Memory
To be published in The Ethics Forum
in a thematic issue co-edited by
Florence Larocque and Anne-Marie Reynaud
In both contexts of a real or a superficial desire for reconciliation, multiple initiatives present themselves to projects that aim at preserving the historical memory of episodes of oppression or authoritarianism. Frequently, these take the form of truth and reconciliation commissions (notably in Canada, Latin America and South Africa), museums of memory or works of art. However, these initiatives often raise debates and questions about the recovery of memory for political or personal purposes. Sometimes it is the victims who do not feel understood; at other times, the allies of the protagonists feel that they are wrongly judged. Recovering historical memory, especially in connection to episodes of oppression and violence, is a sensitive – and far from unanimous – process.
More than a few recent initiatives aiming to recover, preserve or highlight historical memory have sparked debate, both nationally and internationally. Among others in Canada, there was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the historical series Canada: The Story of Us launched for the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, and the works Slāv and Kanata, which have all been criticized to varying degrees. Internationally, processes of democratic transition or internal conflicts have sometimes been followed by memory recovery initiatives, be they legislative (memorial laws), punitive (lawsuits), restorative (truth and reconciliation commissions) or commemorative (museums, artistic creations). These initiatives are also often called into question.
In the light of case studies or critical reflections, the present thematic journal issue aims to explore the ethical issues of memory recovery (in particular the historical memory of episodes of oppression or violence), through the following questions:
- Can/should historical memory be preserved without being recovered for other purposes? To what extent is it problematic (or not) that it is also recovered for political, cultural or personal ends?
- Can/should historical memory be inclusive? Should initiatives to preserve historical memory involve victims and protagonists (or even other external actors) when dealing with oppression?
- What is the place of individual memory in processes of reconstituting collective historical memory?
- Can/should historical memory be plural? Can it escape from a unitary (or even binary) narrative? Should collective memory aim to strike a balance between different visions of history? What are the consequences of striking a balance between these visions, compared to the full representation of the victims' vision?
- Can different forms of historical memory and memorial traditions coexist on an equal footing?
- Is social mobilization necessary for the process of forming historical memory?
- What is/are the difference (s) between memorial politics and memorial ethics?
The scope of this thematic journal issue is multidisciplinary. We invite authors from various disciplines (history, anthropology, political science, philosophy, sociology, law, etc.) to submit their proposals.
The Ethics Forum/ Les ateliers de l’éthique is the peer-reviewed bilingual journal (French and English) of the Centre for research in ethics (CRE). It is indexed in Philosopher’s Index, Philpapers.org, Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals, Portail BiblioSHS of the INIST and Papyrus, and in many other catalogues that scan the data of these catalogues. In 2017 it was rated Scientific Journal Impact Factor 2017 (SJIF): 6.447.
– Proposals should be maximum 300 words.
– Font must be Times New Roman, 12 points.
– In French or English.
Proposals should be submitted via email before December 15th 2018 to:
All authors will be notified in early January and the final texts for accepted proposals will be due on April 1st 2019. The length of final texts must be from approximately 6000 to 12000 words.