CFP: Total Recall: The Manipulation of Memory in the Ancient World

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia is proud to present their 16th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference.  The Conference will be held at UBC’s Thea’s Lounge on May 1st and 2nd, 2015, with a keynote address by Professor Niall Slater of Emory University.  This year’s theme is Memory.

The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students and senior undergraduates from a variety of disciplines with the opportunity to present original research in a less formal and more intimate setting than may be found in typical academic conferences.   In previous years we have attracted emerging scholars from across Canada and the United States.  We look forward to a variety of disciplinary perspectives and interpretations on this interesting and relevant subject matter.

We invite submissions for papers related to the theme of Memory.  This broad topic bridges time and discipline, finding relevance in both the ancient and modern worlds, and in areas of the arts, social sciences, and sciences.  Relevant topics include (but are certainly not limited to):


  • The Politics of Memory
  • Commemorative Remembrance in Literature, Art, and Architecture
  • The Memory of Warfare & Military Exploits
  • Oblivion & the Loss of Memory in Textual and Archaeological Contexts
  • Allusion & Imitation as Agents of Memory
  • Memory in Philosophical & Religious Thought
  • Cognitive Science and the Ancient World
  • Memory as a Discipline (Theory & Methodology)
  • Cultural and Social Memory
  • Memory and the Oral Tradition


If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by Friday January 23, 2015.  Please include your name, institution, degree program, specialization, and contact info, as well as any audio-visual equipment you may require. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length.  All faculties and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Please send submissions and any further inquiries to the Conference Coordinator:

Justin Dwyer,

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

The Conference organizers would like to thank their sponsors, in particular
the Department of CNERS, the Graduate Student Society (GSS), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.