Summer Symposium


Saulkrasti, Latvia, 26 July–2 August 2017


Wednesday 26 July: Arrival and Registration


Thursday 27 July

Session 1: Trauma and Ethics I

Colin Davis & Hanna Meretoja: Trauma and Ethics

Eneken Laanes: The Question of the Reader

Session 2: Trauma and Ethics II

Eric Doise: Ethics of Listening

Sam Meekings: Writing Loss: the Trauma of Personal Loss and the Split Self

Miranda Young: TBA [Philosophies of Narrative]


Friday 28 July

Session 3: The Second World War and its Aftermath I

Kaisa Kaakinen Literature and Restitution – The Case of Ursula Krechel’s Novel Landgericht (2012)

Anne-Karoline Sunde Jakobsen: Witnessing war in Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life

Session 4: The Second World War and its Aftermath II

Abderazak Tebbeb: War Trauma at the Juncture between the Horror of Perception and the Pleasure of Expression: Joseph Heller Catch22 as a Case Study

Diana Mistreanu: Soviet Traumas, French Readers: Andreï Makine’s Aesthetics and Reception in Russia and in France


Saturday 29 July

Session 5: Memory Contests

Asya Rogova: William Wordsworth’ Battle of Waterloo: Trauma vs Victory

Unni Langås: Artistic Exposure of the Human Body. Ethical Aspects in Jenny Holzer’s Lustmord (1993-94)

Per Roar: Remembering Utøya 22 July: A Site for Contested Trauma Narratives

Session 6: Narrative and Film I

Chantal Bertalanffy: Whose Trauma Is It? “3.11”, Power Struggle and Cinema


Sunday 30 July: The Excursion Day


Monday 31 July

Session 7: Postcolonial Trauma

Shelton Muvuti: The ethics and politics of attending to trauma of others: Veronique Tadjo’s The Shadow of Imana: Travels in the heart of Rwanda

Meenakshi Chauhan: Trauma and Memory in the Narratives of Second Generation Harki Writers

Olivier Sécardin: Patrick Chamoiseau and the Politics of Re-reading

Session 8: Displacement

Marta Cenedese: Recreating the Everyday: Lynsey Addario’s Photographs of Syrian Refugees

Florian Kunert: Progress in the Valley of the People Who Don’t Know

Tony Simoes da Silva: Tales of Love and Evil: Life Writing, Transitional Justice and ‘Failed States’


Tuesday 1 August

Session 9: Graphic Novel

Anna Vuorinne: Traumatics of Everyday Racisim: Working against Discrimination in Graphic Narration

Aura Nikkilä: “Just a Photo”: Photographing and Drawing Trauma in Documentary Comics

Victor Callari: Trauma, Narrative and Testimony in Art Spiegelman and Jacques Tardi’s Graphic Novels

Session 10: Trauma Across Genres

Paula Mäkinen: Cambodian Space Project and Khmer Singer Channthy as Narrators of Collective Trauma and Re-Discoverers of the Lost Music Culture

Matias Kilpiö: Stories of Vagabonds: Tales of the Unheard in Finnish Rock Music

Ida Hartikainen: Losing One’s Twin in Contemporary Gothic Novels

Session 11: Narrative and Film II

Gabrielle Brady: Narrative Therapy and Filming in Retrospect: Responding to Trauma Narratives with Using Narrative Therapy Practice in Filmmaking