Postcolonial studies, indigenous studies, Memory & Trauma studies, nationalism, violence & terrorism, Comparative & World Literature, Visual Arts
20th and 21st century Latin American Literature, Southern Cone narrative, memory and trauma studies, representations of (political) violence, the child in literature and film, gender, identity and migration studies
Film History, Visual Culture, Trauma/Collective Memory Studies, Violence, Witness Literature, Childhood Studies
20th/21st Century Spanish Literature, Culture and Film, Gender Studies, Memory and Trauma, Cultural Studies, and Transatlantic Studies.
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.
PhD student in English Literature, working on a project on the forms and ethics of domestic trauma in contemporary family novels. Other interests include literary theory, narratology, 20th/21st century literature, life writing, adaptation studies, and film studies.
I’m a historical musicologist working at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I teach courses on music and politics, trauma, memory studies, and memorial culture (along with the more typical music history surveys). My current research focuses on the role that music plays in mourning and commemorative practices in Europe after World War II.
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.
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.
Dr Thando Njovane is a Lecturer in the Department of Literary Studies in English at Rhodes University, where she teaches Early Modern, Modern and Postcolonial literatures. She has published scholarship in the areas of psychoanalysis, trauma and postcolonial literature, and higher education in South Africa. Her research interests include childhood, psychoanalysis, memory, modernisms, postcolonialisms, feminisms, & higher education. She is the Co-Director of Finding Africa (@findingafrica). https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0602-2943