Narrative and Violence (2020–2022)

Building on the achievements of the highly successful Study Circle “Narrative and Memory: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics” (2017–2019) and pursuing its engagement with storytelling practices that “open up new possibilities for reshaping and reimagining the European project,” this Study Circle shifts the focus from narrativisations of memory to narrativisations of violence within social, political, cultural, and scientific discourses. In so doing, we aim to foster a trans-disciplinary dialogue among scholars, journalists, writers, activists and other practitioners interested in identifying and scrutinising the potential implications of representational violence on our lives and our planet’s future.

Read more about the study circle by following this link.



Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age, University of Gdańsk, 24-26 February 2020


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Dr Nena Močnik is a researcher at Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France. She is the author of Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research (Routledge 2017) and War-related Sexual Violence and Trauma Transmission: Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Settings (Routledge, forthcoming 2020). She is a community theatre practitioner in the field of social justice and anti-discrimination; an external expert at EUROCLIO – Re-Think Project and a coordinator of the European Commission project Never Again Teaching Transmission of Trauma and Remembrance through Experiential Learning (www.againneveragain).

Prof. Jeff Hearn is Senior Professor, Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden; Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield, UK; Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Finland; Professor Extraordinarius, University of South Africa; honorary doctor, Social Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. He has been involved for many years in activism, policy development and research around men, masculinities and gender politics in Europe and beyond. He has worked on gender, sexuality and violence since the late 1970s, including ‘Sex’ at ‘Work’ with Wendy Parkin; The Gender of Oppression, both 1987; Men in the Public Eye, 1992; Violence and Gender Relations, co-ed., 1996; The Violences of Men, 1998, and on ICTs since the late 1990s, including Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Organizations, with Wendy Parkin, 2001; Information Society and the Workplace, co-ed. 2004; Revenge Pornography, with Matthew Hall, 2017; and articles in Political Geography 2006, Journal of Gender Studies 2018, Sexualities 2019. He is co-managing editor of Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality book series; and Co-chair, RINGS: International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies. Other books include: European Perspectives on Men and Masculinities, co-author, 2006; Men and Masculinities Around the World, co-ed., 2011; The Limits of Gendered Citizenship, co-ed., 2011; Rethinking Transnational Men, co-ed., 2013; Men of the World: Genders, Globalizations, Transnational Times, 2015; Men’s Stories for a Change, co-author, 2016; Engaging Youth in Activism, Research and Pedagogical Praxis, co-ed., 2018; Unsustainable Institutions of Men, co-ed., 2019. He is just completing the book ‘Age’ at ‘Work’, with Wendy Parkin, Sage 2020.

Information for Participants and Preliminary Programme:

Please follow this link to see the preliminary programme. The final programme will be uploaded at the beginning of February.

Symposium location: University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Languages, Neofilologia, ul. Wita Stwosza 51, room 023 (ground floor).

To confirm participation and paying the registration fee follow this link:

If you have institutional affiliation, you should select the ‘Standard fee’ (€90). If you are students, self-financed/freelance/independent scholars and artists you should select the ‘Discounted fee’ (€60).

The registration includes NSU membership for 2020. The webshop is currently displaying the early-bird fees (‘sale’), which are valid until January 20, 2020.

Follow this link to find further information, including travel and accommodation.


Marta Laura Cenedese (Finland)
Coordinator Study Circle 4
marta.cenedese [at]
Study Circle 4: Narrative and Violence

Helena Duffy (Finland)
Coordinator Study Circle 4
helena.duffy [at]
Study Circle 4: Narrative and Violence