Memory and Affect are notoriously subjective and transitory concepts. Technology, from the printing press to the camera to the internet, affords opportunity to make these notions discernable and sometimes even material, in objects, words, images and a digital trace. However, while communication in the digital domain is searchable, persistent, replicable and scaleable, memory and affect remain ephemeral and contested.
This FIRtH research theme for 2016 spans disciplines and cultural projects from collective public history and archives to interminable negotiations with social networks over identity and personal histories. We aim to bring together diverse scholars and students to explore these tensions in a series of writing lock-ins and entertaining ‘pecha kuchas’ (‘chit-chat’ in Japanese, light-hearted presentations of 20 slides for 20 seconds). A mid year Symposium and an early 2017 Conference with key-notes from leading Australian researchers will culminate in opportunities to publish in several edited collections.