12 February 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00

Travelling Trauma: a Seminar with Stef Craps

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On 12 February, the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies organises a seminar with Dr Stef Craps (Ghent University). During this afternoon, he will discuss the possible use of the concept 'trauma' for cultural analysis and the emergence of trauma studies as an academic field.

Trauma and all its different forms

Initially regarded as an exclusively European or Western phenomenon, trauma is increasingly being studied in transcultural, transnational, and global contexts. Moreover, rigid ideas about the proper way to bear witness to trauma are giving way to greater tolerance and appreciation of the multifarious shapes and forms in which trauma testimonies come. Another sign of pluralisation and diversification is a nascent interest among trauma scholars, who have traditionally focused on experiences of innocent victimhood, in the experiences of perpetrators and other categories of people implicated in traumatic events or histories. Craps will discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of the concept of trauma as a tool for cultural analysis travelling to such pastures new.

Dr. Stef Craps
Dr Stef Craps

Dr Stef Craps is a research professor in English and American literature and culture at Ghent University, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative (formerly the Centre for Literature and Trauma). He is the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005), and has guest-edited special issues of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts (2011; with Michael Rothberg) and Studies in the Novel (2008; with Gert Buelens) on the topics of, respectively, transcultural negotiations of Holocaust memory and postcolonial trauma novels. His next book projects are an introductory guide to the concept of trauma for Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series and an edited collection provisionally titled Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies (with Lucy Bond and Pieter Vermeulen).


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12 February 2015 16:00
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12 February 2015 18:00
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