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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

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.


Dr Daisy Neijmann [email protected]

Researcher at EDDA-Centre of Excellence

Institute of Research in Literature and Visual Arts

University of Iceland

Dr Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir [email protected]

Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland