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MemberStef Craps

I am an associate professor of English literature at Ghent University, where I direct the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative.

I am the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; paperback 2015) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005), both of which were shortlisted for the ESSE Book Award. I have also guest-edited special issues of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts(with Michael Rothberg) and Studies in the Novel (with Gert Buelens) on the topics of, respectively, transcultural negotiations of Holocaust memory and postcolonial trauma novels.

My next book projects are an introductory guide to the concept of trauma for Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series (with Lucy Bond) and an edited collection titled Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies (with Lucy Bond and Pieter Vermeulen), which is forthcoming with Berghahn.

MemberRituparna Mitra

Rituparna Mitra is a Visiting Assistant Professor at James Madison College. She looks at the affective and material aspects of violence and memory in contemporary South Asia. Her publications include “‘A Powerful Sense of Inhabitance’: Lyric, Memory and Enduring Community in South Asia” in Beyond Partition: Mediascapes and Literature in Post-colonial India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (forthcoming) and “Affective Histories and Partition Narratives in South Asia” in The Postcolonial World (2016). Rituparna teaches courses on Global Anglophone literature, postcolonial theory, displacement and migration, and gender and ethnicity, and trauma studies, drawing on comparativist, transnational, and interdisciplinary frameworks.

MemberKatharine Trostel

Katie Trostel earned her PhD in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She serves as Assistant Professor of English at Ursuline College where she has a special interest in Latin American women’s writing, composition, and the digital humanities. Her research project is entitled, “Memoryscapes: Women Chart the Post-Trauma City in 20th- and 21st- Century Latin America.” It examines the treatment of urban space and memories of state-sponsored violence in the works of Latin American women writers of the post-trauma or post-dictatorship generation. She analyzes a largely unexplored archive of contemporary fiction that represents public spaces in the post-trauma city, and negotiates the relationship between collective and individual memory. Her work demonstrates the central role of women in debates over the public memorialization of state-sponsored violence in Argentina (Tununa Mercado), Chile (Nona Fernández), Mexico (Ana Clavel), and Peru (Karina Pacheco Medrano), and extends theories of memory and urban space by arguing that fictional cityscapes serve as primary sites through which difficult national memories are worked through. She also serves as the coordinator of the Venice Ghetto Collaboration.

MemberCharles L. Leavitt IV

I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading (UK), where I served for six years as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. I am currently completing a monograph on Italian neorealism. I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); and The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly publications including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.