Cultural Representations of Trauma - Conference

EDDA-Centre of Excellence

Institute of Research in Literature and Visual Arts

University of Iceland

31. August – 1. September 2012

Cultural representations of trauma

The conference aims to explore representations and processing of trauma in the literature and culture of different societies in the aftermath of traumatic events; such as civil war, occupation, economic crises. Cultural representations of trauma in a society’s past can take on various forms, and we would like to examine the possibilities, difficulties, and experiments of such representations in light of memory studies and trauma theory.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Susannah Radstone, University of East London

Dr Patrick Crowley, University College Cork, IRCHSS Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow (Supported by the IRCHSS New Ideas Scheme)

For those interested in giving papers, please send a short abstract (250-300 words) along with a short biographical note to the organisers by 27 April 2012.

The conference is a product of the project Memory and Forgetting: Ruptures, Gaps, National Identity, which deals with the memories and after-effects of the Civil War in Spain and the Allied Occupation of Iceland during WWII – funded by EDDA Centre of Excellence and run by Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir and Daisy Neijmann, who will present their findings. In addition, the event will bring together scholars working towards a HERA application.


Dr Daisy Neijmann

Researcher at EDDA-Centre of Excellence

Dr Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir

Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland