“Memory and Memorials” Spring 2024 Symposium

GRSIL Spring Symposium 2024

“Memory and Memorials” Spring 2024 Symposium

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative and

the Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab, UNH-COLA

What roles do memory and memorialization play in the construction of the human experience? How do they reflect and influence racial and social inequality? The New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative (NHHC), the UNH College of Liberal Arts and its Global Racial and Social Inequality Lab (GRSIL) are offering small grants for the creation of program content for the Collaborative’s Spring Symposium entitled “Memory and Memorials” on April19, 2024.

The event is designed to encourage broad dialogue and exploration of issues related to memory and memorialization. To enhance the dialogue and engagement by UNH and community college students, NHHC and GRSIL seek proposals that integrate this theme/topic into course curriculum during the Spring 2024 semester. Successful applications will attend and contribute to the “Memory and Memorials” culminating symposium event scheduled for April 19, 2024 at Manchester Community College from 1-3pm. Contact Paul Robertson, paul.robertson@unh.edu, with questions. 


Call for Proposals

Awards include a $1000 stipend (per faculty/staff) and a budget ranging between $500 and $2,000 based on project needs. If faculty/staff from both UNH and a community college are partnering the budget limit is $4,000

We encourage proposals that support both formal and informal engagement with issues related to memory, memorials and how they are construed as well as scientific, social and artistic representations of these themes (i.e., scholarship, scientific methodologies, philosophical, anthropological, literary, political, legal, global, and religious perspectives etc.).

Proposal outputs can take the form of curriculum units, student presentations, co-creations between students and/or faculty, collaborative research between students and/or faculty, the design and publishing of websites and other digital media, and events and other community outreach projects.  We encourage artistic expression, written works, and visual and performance-based projects. A pop-up gallery space will house arts-based projects.

Examples of approaches in different disciplines:

  • Art and Literature: How is memory depicted, contested, and explored through visual and written mediums?
  • History and Classics: How have ideas around memory and memorials been treated historically, and how do they influence our understanding today?
  • Race and Gender: What is the relationship between memory, memorials and questions of diversity, equality, and inclusion?
  • Architecture and Design: How do we understand and envision memory and memorials in “place and space”?
  • Disability Justice: What is the relationship between accessibility and the questions of memory and memorials?
  • Language and Culture: How do different cultures (present and historical) create and interpret conceptions of memory and memorials?
  • Music and Performance Art: How do we explore, portray, interpret, and reveal what we remember, both individually and collectively?
  • Computer Science and Technology: How does human engagement with technology influence understanding of memory and memorials?
  • Mathematics and Science: How do the disciplines of math and science establish, test, and support claims about memory and memorials?
  • Social Sciences: How do conceptions of memory and memorialization frame justice and legal systems? How have narratives regarding "memory” or the construction of memorials been used as a tool of oppression and marginalization, or instruments of liberation and equality?

Other forms of participation:

  • Music/dance performances, art compositions, demonstrations etc.., are also encouraged.
  • Individual students with relevant projects are welcome to apply independent of specific academic courses.
  • We also seek a graphic and digital arts class and/or students to partner in the creation of a logo, pamphlet or poster for the event’s promotion.

The GRSIL and NHHC collaborative encourage projects that foster partnerships between students and faculty/staff from UNH and the community colleges, or with other New Hampshire institutions. Participants are thus encouraged to participate in the virtual Winter Academy January 14, 2024 to further explore inter and intra campus collaborations. While we encourage collaboration across classes and institutions, we also encourage projects that do not have a collaborative component, so long as the key themes of the call are engaged.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Rigorous and robust engagement with themes of memory and memorials and collective understanding
  • Supports the GRSIL and NHHC mission (see https://cola.unh.edu/global-racial-social-inequality-lab)
  • Feasibility of the budget and innovation
  • Potential impact of the project (including, if appropriate, the number of students served and timeframe)
  • Level of cross-campus engagement and collaboration

Application Process: please submit the following documents:

Proposal requirements

  • 1-2 page program description including abstract, curricular plans, potential collaborations, and student deliverables for presentation at the April event.
  • Itemized budget and budget narrative/rationale

Proposals due: December 8, 2023 (email to Paul.Robertson@unh.edu or Alynna.Lyon@unh.edu). Decisions made mid-December.

If you have questions, please contact Alynna Lyon (Alynna.lyon@unh.edu), Leslie Barber (lbarber@ccsnh.edu), or Stephanie Roper (sroper@ccsnh.edu).