Emotions often trigger memories and memories provoke strong emotions which, in turn, make memories last. The study of the relationship between emotion and memory is a growing field in the broader framework of Cultural Studies. Emotions and their various expressions play a central role in human interactions. However, since emotion-derived feelings are social constructs, they are molded differently by particular societies, cultures and realities. Gender, among other social factors, shapes the form of our emotions. The processes of social interaction are general, but women and men exert them differently.
The inaugural World Languages International Conference seeks to address the issues of Emotion, Memory, and Gender from the perspective of Cultural Studies. Hence, the organizers welcome papers reflecting on the link between the aforementioned topics in disciplines such as literature, language, sociology, history, philosophy, ethics, global studies, visual arts among others.
It is also the objective of the conference to bring together both scholars and community partners, particularly individuals and groups who have relied on memory to survive emigration or forced displacement and have now found a home in Boise. A special panel will consider the role played by women in the Basque diaspora and will examine the relevance of memory and emotion in their adaptation.
The Conference would like to discuss the following questions: Does emotion help us remember? Do the ways cultures remember differ? How do emotions affect the ability to recall past memories? How does memory contribute to adaptation? Does restoring one’s self, individually or collectively, mean daring to remember? Or rather, is oblivion necessary for survival?