USES AND ABUSES OF STORYTELLING: THEORIZING THE INTERSECTIONS OF NARRATIVE, MEMORY AND IDENTITY 

14-16 February 2019, University of Turku 

 

Thursday, 14 February 

15-16 REGISTRATION 

16-17 KEYNOTE

Mark Freeman: What Have We Wrought? Narrative and Its Dangers 

17.15-18.45 PARALLEL SESSIONS I–IV 

I Hermeneutics of the Temporal and Transformative Self 

Jens Brockmeier: Juggling How Many Balls at Once? On Autobiographical Simultaneity 

Jan Tlustý: Narrative Identity, Hermeneutics, and Ethics 

Raquel da Silva: “There Are Many Mirrors and Many Curtains Between What I am Today and What I Was Then”: Exploring Dialogical Positioning During Self-Transformation of Former Politically Violent Militants 

II Posthuman and Postapocalyptic Narratives 

Bo Pettersson: The Uses of Animal and Plant Fables 

Jouni Teittinen: Speculative Memories: Narrating the Present in Post-Apocalyptic Literature 

Juha Raipola: Re-Envisioning Grand Narratives as Stories of Imagined Communities 

III Autobiographical Writing 

Yu-Hua Yen: The Narrative Integrity of Narrating Selves: The Case of Fictional Autobiographies 

Klára Soukupová: Write about Love, not Politics! Construction of Identity in Autobiographical Narratives 

Maarit Leskelä-Kärki: “Message from the Middle of a Crater”: Uses of Narratives in Women Writers’ Diaries 

IV Politics of Narrative 

Jonas Mirbeth: When We Read Mao: Non-Western Influences in May 68 Discourse and its Academic Reception Today 

Jurga Jonutyte: Social Outcast or Heroic Fighter or Maybe Neither? 

Jitendra Singh, Sahdev Luhar & Ajaysinh Chauhan: Cultural Memory and the Shaping of Identity 

19.15 RECEPTION

 

Friday, 15 February  

10-12 KEYNOTES 

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi: Stuck in the Past: The Narrative Shape of Convenient Histories 

Greta Olson: to be confirmed 

12-13 LUNCH 

13-14.30 PARALLEL SESSIONS V–VIII 

V Storytelling and Critical Theory 

Markku Lehtimäki: From Self-Fashioning Subjects to Storytelling Animals: The Changing Focus of Stephen Greenblatt’s Cultural Poetics 

Sigurd Tenningen: Recollecting the Past: Literary Narratives and the Archaeological Imagination 

Kaisa Ilmonen: Uses of Storytelling in Theorizing Identities: Case Intersectionality 

VI Narrative, Memory and Space 

Mikko Mäntyniemi: “She is a Child of the Dune Sea!” Narrative Identity and Phantasmagorical Landscape in Claire Vaye Watkins’ Gold Fame Citrus 

Siri Hempel Lindøe: Jonas Dahlberg’s “Memory Wound” as Iconoclasm: An Attempt to Understand the Potential and the Problems with Breakage and Engraving of the Landscape as a Way to Remember the Victims of 22 July 

Pekka Kilpeläinen: Narratives of Traumatic Cultural Memory: Haunting, Posthumanism and Animism in Daniel Black’s The Sacred Place and Bernice L. McFadden’s Gathering of Waters 

VII Mediating and Translating Narrative and Memory 

Caroline Williamson Sinalo: Memory, Translation and Media Narratives of Conflict Exploring the Case of Burundi 

Marion Letellier: From Translating Storytelling to Reshaping the Translator: The Example of The World and Other Places by Jeanette Winterson (1998) 

Taylor Annabell: The Memory Work of Young Women on Social Media Involving Birthdays and Celebrations 

VIII Narrative Medicine and Illness Narratives 

Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar & Emma Frances O’Connor: Beating Illness Into Shape: An Exercise in Applied Narratology 

Anna Ovaska: (The Uses and Abuses of) Engaging with Narratives of Pain 

Megan Milota: Cultural Negotiation in Narratives of Manic Depression: Karkas, Storybank, and PsychoseNet

14.30-15.00 COFFEE 

15-15.45 ROUNDTABLE on Instrumental Narratives 

Maria Mäkelä, Merja Polvinen & Hanna Meretoja 

16.00-17.30 PARALLEL SESSIONS IX–XII 

IX Holocaust and Literature 

Avril Tynan: The Narrative Orphan: Rewriting the Self, Rewriting the Past 

Unni Langås: The Uses of Hitler’s Mein Kampf in Karl Ove Knausgård’s novel My Struggle 6 

Elina Arminen: Finnish SS-volunteer in the Finnish Literature: the Cultural memory and Abeyance 

X War, Memory, Identity 

Dina Abazovic: Narrative Gaps in Sarah Kane’s Blasted and Adrian Oktenberg’s The Bosnia Elegies 

Charles Armstrong: DRESDEN CHINA: Fractured Memory Narratives in Ciaran Carson’s poetry 

Anne Kirstine Munk Christiansen: The Impossibility of Homecoming in George Saunders’ Home 

XI Migration and Testimonies 

Anna Vuorinne: White Pictures of Black People? Comics on Migration Reflecting Narrative Imagination, Visual Representation, and Agency 

Aura Lounasmaa & Cigdem Esin: Anonymity and Representation in Visual Life Stories from the Jungle 

Harriet Hulme: Between Fiction and Testimony: Exploring an Ethics of Re-Narration in Refugee Tales (2016) and Shatila Stories (2018) 

XII Reading and Wellbeing 

Cristina V. Bruns: Self-Centered Reading: Strengthening Selfhood and Agency through Fiction 

Päivi Kosonen & Eevastiina Kinnunen: Narrative, Reading and Wellbeing – The Potential of Reading Metanarrative Fiction 

19 CONFERENCE DINNER (Pinella)

 

Saturday, 16 February  

10-11 KEYNOTE 

Jakob Lothe: Narrative, Memory and Identity: Leni Riefenstahl, Edith Notowicz, W. G. Sebald, Jenny Erpenbeck 

11-12 ROUNDTABLE: New Nordic Contributions to the Study of Narrative and Memory 

Molly Andrews, Colin Davis, Siobhan Kattago, Eneken Laanes, Hanna Meretoja & Hans Ruin 

12-13 LUNCH 

13-14.30 PARALLEL SESSIONS XIII–XVI 

XIII Theorizing Memory 

Brian Schiff: Conceptual Shell Games 

Thomas Van de Putte: The Contemporary Inhabitants of Oswiecim (Auschwitz): An Interactional Approach to Collective Memory 

Per Roar: Stumbling Blocks: Stories Too Big for the Everyday 

XIV Master and Counter Narratives: Refugee Narratives 

Marta Laura Cenedese: “Writing the Memory of the Colonial Archive”: Italian Identity, Cultural Narratives, and Postcolonial Society 

Nicoleta Alexoae-Zagni: “A Nation that Does Not Remember”: Alternative Temporalities and Spatialities in Yan Geling’s Storytelling 

Helle Marie Andresen: Refugee Narratives and Identity: An Analysis of Breach by Popoola and Holmes 

XV Dangers of Narratives 

Ada Schwanck: Selling Love Stories at the Human Rights Market: A Critical Approach to the Uses of the Documentary Out of Iraq in LGBT Refugee Advocacy 

Abdelbaqi Ghorab: Against Memorization: The Historiographic Metafiction and the Interrogation of National Memory in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe and Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, Contre-Enquête

Sarah Holdren: Preterm Motherhood: An Analysis of the Role of Infant Feeding in Non-Normative Birth Stories 

XVI Storying Lives: Pedagogical and Literary Perspectives 

Mirva Heikkilä: Voices of Finnish Pre-Service Teachers’ Professional Agency in Terms of Research Skills 

Laura Karttunen: Fictional Designs for Lives: Riikka Pulkkinen’s Iiris Lempivaaran levoton ja painava sydän 

Helena Duffy: Yannick Haenel’s Jan Karski as Fictionalised Biography: The Perils of the Genre

14.30-15 COFFEE 

15-16.30 PARALLEL SESSIONS XVII–XX 

XVII Political Narratives 

Molly Andrews: “The Wall Inside the Heart”: Narrating East German Identity 

Josefin Graef: Memory Politics, Narrative Politics, or the Politics of Identity? A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration in the Context of Extremist Violence 

Michael L. Zukosky: The Political Potential of Multigenerational Life Narratives 

XVIII French Perspectives on Storytelling 

Anaïs Fusaro: Me, Myself and Memory 

Tim Farrant: Storytelling, Forms and Ethics in France, Daudet to Houellebecq 

Marieke Mueller: Narrative, Memory and Identity in Contemporary French Autofiction: Didier Eribon and Edouard Louis 

XIX Nordic Perspectives on Memory and Identity 

Nanny Jolma: Constructing the Reflective Nostalgic Narrative and the Memory of the Past in Bo Carpelan´s Berg 

Elise Nykänen: Writing from the Land of Melancholia: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and the Case of Arctic Hysteria 

Anna Kuutsa: Narrating the Gender in Maria Jotuni’s Arkielämää 

XX Collective Identities 

Dima Samaha: Storytelling and Memory in Lebanese Post Civil-War Fiction Novels 

Anna Sivula: Heritage Lost? Collective Identity Work of Local Heritage Communities in Municipal Mergers 

Luka Lucić: “Not Everyone Wants to go to Western Europe”: Making Sense of Syrian Refugees’ Decision to Permanently Settle in Turkey 

16.30 CLOSING DISCUSSION 

Organisers: Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics (Nordic Summer University, Nordic Council of Ministers); University of Turku; SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory; research consortium “Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory” (Academy of Finland, 2018-2022).