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Call for papers and contributions: Tracks and Traces of Violence.

Representation and Memorialisation of Violence in Art, Literature and Anthropology in Africa

Call for papers and contributions
Tracks and Traces of Violence.
Representation and Memorialisation of Violence in Art, Literature and Anthropology in Africa.
Conference of Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of
Bayreuth (Germany), 14th – 16th July 2011.

Following up on an interdisciplinary workshop of BIGSAS and UKZN on the interrelations
between literary studies and anthropology, this conference zooms in on a specific phenomenon: violence.
Main aims
In the growing tradition of joint workshop of BIGSAS and its partners, we aim at ‘doing interdis-
ciplinarity’ with the special focus on medializations of violence. This conference invites papers
dealing with tracks and traces of violence in – but not restrictively- artistic and literary practices as well as in anthropological works.
Guiding questions are: How is violence displayed, scandalized, and documented in art and literature as well as anthropological writing? How have artists and writers responded to individual or collective trauma through an engagement with the arts? How is this violence and trauma ‘written into being’? How does migration change the image of violence/trauma?
We welcome papers interrogating topics including

  • archives and its role in the process of memorization, re-membering, dis-membering, amnesia and mnemocide
  • the human body as carrier of ‘somatic memory’, first-hand testimony and witness of violence;

spatial structures as memorials and other buildings constructed as places of memorialisation and as 'architectures of trauma' or ‘landscapes of memory’

  • potentially violent processes of research itself, the relationships between writer/artist and subject, anthropologist and informant, and where violence comes into play for example in translation as possible ethnocentric violence.
  • visualizations and writings on violence and memories of violence

Call for papers and contributions:
We invite BIGSAS PhD students and PIs and members of our partner universities as well as other
interested scholars, PhD students and artists to send their proposals in English or in French. A post-conference publication of selected papers is planned.
Please send abstracts as a word or pdf document (between 200-300 words) by the deadline of January 31, 2011 to
Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, email address and media requirements.
BIGSAS-Workgroup Tracks and Traces of Violence: Viviane Azarian, Katharina Fink, Amber
Gemmeke, Moulay Driss El Maarouf, Maroua El Naggare, Samuel Ndogo, Omanga Duncan
Mainye, Nadine Siegert