Transnational memory and traumatic histories

This postgraduate course took place at the University of Leeds on 8-9 May 2014, sponsored by the White Rose College of the Humanities and the University of Copenhagen Graduate Conference and organised by Helen Finch ( and Anna Lena Sandberg ( A conference publication is in preparation. Contact Joseph Ford ( for details.


Panel 1: Multidirectional memories

Lizzie Lowenstein (University of Leeds): Reviewing femininities: Francophone-Iranian women writers’ perceptions of women in France and Iran.

Beatrice Ivey (University of Leeds): Transnational memory and questions of gender: narrative cross-dressing in Ahmed Kalouaz’s Point Kilométrique 190 (1986)

Huw Halstead (University of York):Kristallnacht in Constantinople’: Multidirectional Appropriations in Representations of the 1955 Istanbul Pogrom

Keynote: Prof. Maxim Silverman (Leeds): ‘Palimpsestic Memory and the Ethics of Storytelling’

Panel 2: Memory and Poetics

Kasper Guldberg (Aalborg University): From “pain and fear” to “holy calm”: Nature as Psychological Rescue in the Poetry of William Wordsworth

Juliette Reboul (University of Leeds): A retrospective Ulysses’ syndrome: French émigré recollections of the British host

Hannah Copley (University of Leeds):Leeds is Nigeria and Newcastle is Auschwitz: A Post-Holocaust Cartography in the Poetry of Tony Harrison.

Panel 3: Palimpsests

Joseph Ford (University of Leeds): ‘Algiers, Paris, New York: palimpsestic terror?’

Lasse-Emil Paulsen (University of Aarhus): ‘The literary work of Antonio Muñoz Molina as a contribution to the cultural memory of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism’

Christina Brennan (University of Leeds): ‘Her Mother’s Voice: The Second-generation Daughters of the Holocaust  and the Algerian War (with specific reference to Malika Mokeddem’s Of  Dreams and Assassins and Leila Marouane’s The Abductor)’

Panel 4:  Narrative and Memory

Lizzie Oliver (University of Leeds): They tell the story of us all’?  Narratives of captivity and multidirectional memory

Anita Pluwak (University of Lund): ‘Visions of history, gender, and an intimate public: melodrama in popular Polish Holocaust narratives’