April 11-12, 2014

Organized by the Reading Group in Trauma and Memory Studies

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 11: Expanding Definitions of Trauma and Representation

9:30am-10:00am: Welcome Refreshments Served 
Art and Design Room 331
408 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign

10am-11:15am: Panel 1
“Trauma and Representation”
Panel Moderator: Brett Kaplan, Comparative Literature

Dr. David Capps, English, Southern Connecticut State University
“Hyperreality in Holocaust Narrative”

Juliet Davis, History, Columbia University
“The Survivor as Witness: An Analysis of the Use of Survivor Testimonies as Trial Evidence”

11:15am-11:30am: Break

11:30am-12:45pm: Panel 2
“Embodiments of Trauma”
Panel Moderator: Mark Micale, History

Jenn Baldwin, Medicine and Anthropology, University of Illinois
“On Mortars and ‘Moving Targets’: Understanding and Trauma of War-Acquired Disabilities in a Neuroscientific Era”

Lasantha Rodrigo, English, Illinois State University
“Acceptance in Lieu of Recovery: Dealing with Seamless Trauma that Makes Recovery a Myth”

Courtney D. Smith, English, San Francisco State University
“Memoir of the Unutterable: Literary Aphasia and Memory in Charlotte Delbo’s None of Us Will Return”

12:45pm-1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm-3:00pm: Panel 3
“(Re)Framing Victims and Perpetrators”
Panel Moderator: Michael Rothberg, English

Erin McFee, Anthropology, University of Chicago
“It is Always in Mind. It is Always Present”: Remembering Practices among Ex-combatants in Colombia”

Kathryn Mara, African American and African Studies, Michigan State University
“Rwanda: A Literary Study of Trauma and the Human(e) Experience”

Emily Rony Johnston, English, Illinois State University
“Feminist Geographies: Narrating Trauma Across Borders in Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”

3:00pm-4:00pm: Break

4:00pm-5:30pm: Keynote Lecture
Stef Craps, Ghent University
“Trends in Trauma Theory”
Levis Faculty Center, Music Room
919 W. Illinois St., Urbana

Saturday, April 12: Rethinking Sites of Traumatic Memory and Transmission

9:30am-10:00am: Welcome Refreshments Served 
Illini Union room 404
1401 W. Green St., Urbana

10am-10:30am: Friday Recap and Discussion

Graduate Student Summarizers:

Matt Nelson, Comparative Literature, Illinois
Antje Postema, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

10:30am-12:00pm: Panel 4
“Trauma and the Postcolonial”
Panel Moderator: Stef Craps, Ghent University

Sara Collins, Media Studies, Pratt Institute
"The Mediation of Trauma Within the Social: Andy Warhol and Anwar Congo"

Sanja Nivesjö, English, Stockholm University
“Queer Sexuality and Postcolonial Trauma: Same-Sex Desires in Our Sister Killjoy”

Maria Zirra, English, Stockholm University
“Dürer with Dreadlocks and Levi’s Moorish Feasting: Postcolonial Memory Troubling Transnational Circulation in Derek Walcott’s Tiepolo’s Hound”

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:15pm: Panel 5
“Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma”
Panel Moderator: Jonathan Druker, Illinois State University

Priscilla Charrat, French, University of Illinois
“Places of Memory and Affect as Mechanisms of Postmemorial Remediation in Sebbar’s The Seine Was Red and Sansal’s The German Mujahid”

Laura Fussell, English, University of California Riverside
“Runaway Mothers: Intergenerational Trauma and the Boarding/Residential School Legacy in Contemporary Fiction”

Megan Macklin, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
“The Ethics of Preserving Memory and Appropriating History in Carme Riera’s La mitad del alma”

2:15pm-2:30pm: Break

2:30pm-3:45pm: Panel 6
“Affect, Transmission, and Visual Representations of Trauma”
Panel Moderator: Lilya Kagnovsky, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Estibalitz Ezkerra, Comparative Literature, University of Illinois
“Death Came from the Air: Commemorating the Victims of Aerial War in Cristina Lucas’ From the Sky Down”

Elan Marchinko, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Winnipeg
“Mediating Memories of the 1985 Air India Bombings: A Reparative Reading of Lata Pada’s Revealed by Fire”

Diana Sacilowski, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois
“Healing the Katyn Wound: Wajda’s Katyn as a Transferential Space”

3:45pm-4:00pm: Break

4:00pm-5:00pm: Closing Discussion
More information about this event here.
FTMS Grad Conf. 2014