Plenary Session | Memory and Diverse Belongings TFDC G.41/G.56 Plenary Lecture Theatre
Jul 07, 2023 15:30 - 17:30(Europe/London)
20230707T1530 20230707T1730 Europe/London Plenary Roundtable: 'Transformative Inclusivity in Memory Studies' / Close of Conference

We propose a plenary to showcase the work of the Transformative Inclusivity Initiative (TII) and to serve as an opportunity to welcome all MSA conference participants into this endeavor. The TII was created in response to Ruramisai Charumbira's open letter to the MSA in December 2021 emphasizing the importance of moving beyond mere inclusivity towards transforming the theory and practice of inclusivity within the association. We define transformative inclusivity as inclusion of all our human and planetary stories through an institutional design that is conscious of human history and its enduring power structures on planet Earth. We capitalize Earth in recognition of the planet's being and sovereignty, one we usually reserve for our human histories and memories. During this special event, representatives from the TII will share with the MSA conference participants how we journeyed to conceptualize "transformative inclusivity" in theory and practice; the challenges and opportunities for transformative inclusivity within the association and in memory studies more broadly; and concrete ways anyone and everyone can integrate this into their work as well the institutional and scholarly culture of memory studies. We will welcome all feedback and perspectives from the audience, which we will incorporate into our ongoing initiative to normalize transformative inclusivity. bringing forward the most innovative and generative ideas to the MSA Executive Committee, Advisory Board, and all Members of the Memory Studies Association. We envision a lively, challenging, joyful and invigorating discussion that will create a Community of people ready for transformative Change.

TFDC G.41/G.56 Plenary Lecture Theatre MSA Conference Newcastle 2023 conference@memorystudiesassociation.org
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We propose a plenary to showcase the work of the Transformative Inclusivity Initiative (TII) and to serve as an opportunity to welcome all MSA conference participants into this endeavor. The TII was created in response to Ruramisai Charumbira's open letter to the MSA in December 2021 emphasizing the importance of moving beyond mere inclusivity towards transforming the theory and practice of inclusivity within the association. We define transformative inclusivity as inclusion of all our human and planetary stories through an institutional design that is conscious of human history and its enduring power structures on planet Earth. We capitalize Earth in recognition of the planet's being and sovereignty, one we usually reserve for our human histories and memories. During this special event, representatives from the TII will share with the MSA conference participants how we journeyed to conceptualize "transformative inclusivity" in theory and practice; the challenges and opportunities for transformative inclusivity within the association and in memory studies more broadly; and concrete ways anyone and everyone can integrate this into their work as well the institutional and scholarly culture of memory studies. We will welcome all feedback and perspectives from the audience, which we will incorporate into our ongoing initiative to normalize transformative inclusivity. bringing forward the most innovative and generative ideas to the MSA Executive Committee, Advisory Board, and all Members of the Memory Studies Association. We envision a lively, challenging, joyful and invigorating discussion that will create a Community of people ready for transformative Change.

Associate Professor
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University of Western Ontario
Maîtresse de conférence/ Associate Professor
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Université Catholique De l'Ouest/ Ateneo de Manila University
Professor
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Drake University
Hundred Talents Young Professor
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Zhejiang University
Full Research Professor
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CNRS, France
Doctoral Candidate
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Justus Liebig University Giessen
 Catherine Gilbert
NUAcT Fellow in Modern Languages
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Newcastle University
Student
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York University
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