CFP: State commemoration in a digital world
Deadline: Friday 10 February, 2017

RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London
Wednesday 30 August – Friday 1 September 2017

Convenor: Shanti Sumartojo (RMIT University, Australia)

This session considers how new ways of understanding the relationship amongst memory, state-sponsored history and national identity might be possible in a digital world. In particular, it seeks to explore the role of social media and digital technology at memory sites and during commemorative events. This includes the forms and articulations of memory that the digital can enable, the publics that might be reached, and whether particular affective intensities can be brought into being by or through digital technologies.

Papers are invited that consider different aspects of the politics and experiences of state commemoration with reference to its articulation in or transformation by the digital world. This includes research about the digital – including digital technologies, social media or new forms of representing the past – and research undertaken using new digital methodologies. Given the 2014-18 centenary period, papers focused on First World War commemorative activities are of particular interest. Topics might include:


The format of the session will be 4-5 short papers of around 15-20 minutes (depending on submissions).  Please forward proposed paper titles and abstracts of no more than 300 words to shanti.sumartojo@rmit.edu.au by Friday 10 February 2017. This session is sponsored by the Digital Geographies Working Group.

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Dr Shanti Sumartojo

Research Fellow
Digital Ethnography Research Centre
School of Media and Communication

RMIT University
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne VIC 3001