Memory and Trauma: The Body in Pain in Irish Culture


Memory and Trauma: The Body in Pain in Irish Culture

12-13 September 2013

School of English, Drama and Film Studies, University College Dublin and Boston College – Ireland

We invite papers for this inter-disciplinary symposium that will interrogate the relationship between memory and trauma in Irish culture with a particular focus on the body as a site and symbol of trauma.  Proposals may address, but are by no means limited to the following:

•    The implications of mythologizing trauma in (Irish) national contexts
•    Performing Trauma
•    ‘Deep’ Memory  and ‘Common’ Memory
•    Narrating memory/Inscribing Trauma
•    Discourses of the wounded body in Irish memory culture
•    Trans-historical conceptions of trauma
•    Historicizing trauma
•    Visualising Trauma, Visualising Memory
•    Issues of historical redress and commemoration
•    Aesthetics of Irish Trauma
•    Forgetting
•    Emigrant/Immigrant Trauma and Memory
•    The Politics of Affect

We particularly welcome papers that consider earlier periods (pre-1850) of literature and culture. And we also welcome panel proposals.

Presentations should take the form of 20-minute papers. We also welcome proposals for fully-formed panels or roundtables. For individual papers, please submit a 300-word (max) abstract as well as a short biographical note. For panel and roundtable proposals, please provide a brief outline of the session’s aims together with abstracts and biographical notes for each speaker and for the proposed panel chair or discussant. All proposals should be emailed to the organizers at no later than 3 May 2013. Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any questions about the event.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Emilie Pine, Naomi McAreavey, Fionnuala Dillane (organisers)