International Colloquium Communication and Culture in Romance Europe
The 9th edition, june 12-13, 2020,
West University of Timişoara
Memory – Oblivion
Call for papers
The 9th edition of the International Colloquium Communication and Culture in Romance Europe aims to analyse the way in which individual and collective memory (whether institutionalised or not) contributed to establishing Romania’s self-awareness and, through it, to developing a perennial and polymorphic form of civilisation.
In its civilisational dimension, Romanity manifested itself from the beginning as a fusion process, where the cultural memories of the enclosed societies were not erased to give rise to new constructs on a waste land. On the contrary, they were brought together in a unitary matrix, which allowed the modernisation and universalisation of local, archaic civilizational experiences. As a natural phenomenon of memory degradation, the oblivion and the “condemnation of memory” (as its institutionalised form) also operated at the level of this exceptional civilisation synthesis of Romanization, but only selectively and marginally, most often only personalized, through the mechanism known as damnatio memoriae.
The paradigms through which the cultural memory of Romance world expresses itself and crystallizes cover the entire conceptual corpus of this civilizational construct. Thus, they are recognizable as living archives – as memories of an entity – languages and literatures. In Latin, numerous terminological and semantic samples from underlying linguistic layers can be identified as insertions that enriched the inheritance of the first idiom which gained a global horizon. Romance languages are, without exception, reflections of living Latin in contexts firmly defined by the pre-Latin heritage, but also by the non-linear history of subsequent communicational contacts. In their turn, literatures of the immaterial heritage of Romance – whether we consider classical Latin literature or its later, post-classical, medieval, modern and contemporary expressions, facilitated by neo-Latin languages – highlight both the diversity and the consonance of a unified civilizational memory, therefore managing to be mutually translatable to the degree of full spiritual solidarity.
Arts, sciences, philosophy, history – the most visible expression of the institutionalized memory – also have the purpose of archives of cultural knowledge and experiences resulting from synthesis and perpetuated through openness, integrative exercise and fair value selectivity. The discovery, in each of these registers, of the civilizational construct, of the layers of memory, but also of the game of forgetting, can only be a provocative venture of the human spirit. The relationships between memory and imagination, between personal and collective memory, as well as the fluid relation between memory and oblivion or, on the contrary, with the “abuses” of memory, as they are all percutaneously discovered by Paul Ricoeur, open up other ways to configure of this universe.
We invite all those interested – professors, researchers, PhD candidates – to share their experiences of historical, philological, cultural investigations at the 9th edition of the International Colloquium Communication and Culture in Romance Europe, and to submit proposals for one of the following sections: Latin Language and Literature; Romanian Language and Literature; Romanian as a Foreign Language; French Language and Literature; Italian Language and Literature; Portuguese Language and Literature; Spanish Language and Literature; Romance Languages Didactics; History and Theology; Music and Theatre; Arts; Book and Library.