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Held in Zaragoza, 31st March – 2nd April 2011 and coorganised by Dr. Marita Nadal and Dr. Mónica Calvo, University of Zaragoza, Spain.

TRAUMA AND HERSTORY CONFERENCE, with special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes


Held in Northampton, 12th-13th November 2010 and coorganised by Dr. Sonya Andermahr, University of Northampton UK, and Miss Silvia Pellicer-Ortín, University of Zaragoza Spain



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Trauma Narratives and ‘Herstory’

With a special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes,

November 12th – 13th 2010 at the University of Northampton, UK

(in collaboration with the University of Zaragoza, Spain)

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Friday November 12th

12:30 – 13:30 Registration and Tea/Coffee (Avenue Campus Reception)

13:30 – 14:45 Welcome and Keynote Address (MR5): Thomas Michael Stein, University of Mainz (Germany): "An abyss of uncertainties": Identity Construction in Eva Figes’s Days and Nelly’s Version

15:00 – 16:30 Panel A1 (MY120) (Chair: Sonya Andermahr)

v  Jessica Aliaga Lavrijsen, University of Zaragoza (Spain): B.: 'Emerging from Non-existence into Existence'

v  Silvia Pellicer-Ortín, University of Zaragoza (Spain): Female Herstories and Trauma in Eva Figes’s The Seven Ages and The Tree of Knowledge

15:00– 16:30 Panel A2 (Avenue Board Room) (Chair: Cleo Cameron)

v  Simone Aparecida Aguiar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Dislocation and Trauma in Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban and Loida Perez’s Geographies of Home

v  Hannah Ho, University of York (UK): Depathologizing Racial Melancholia in Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior

16:30 – 17:00: Break

17:00 – 18:30 Panel B1 (MY 120) (Chair: Jon Mackley)

v  Valerie Croisille, University of Limoges (France): Overcoming double victimization in Alice Walker’s Color Purple or the self-healing power of writing "Herstory" 

v  Ema Jelinkova, Palacky University (Czech Republic): Embracing Trauma To Live in Kate Atkinson´s Behind the Scenes at the Museum

17:00 – 18:30 Panel B2 (Avenue Board Room) (Chair: Romeo De La Cruz))

v  Sarah Lightman, University of Glasgow (UK): Drawing Out Trauma: Artists and Artworks from "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.

v  Magda Stroinska, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada): It’s killing me: Cancer as a Metaphor for Abuse.

(19:00: Meal in the Jade Pavilion Restaurant, paid for by Banco Santander funding -- drinks not included)

Saturday November 13th

9:15 – 10:15 Keynote Address: David Brauner, University of Reading (UK): Jewish Mothers and Jewish Memory in the Work of Jenny Diski, Eva Figes and Linda Grant.

10:15 – 11:45 Panel C1 (MY120) (Chair: Sonya Andermahr)

v  Cindy Chavez, St. Louis University-Madrid (Spain): Stealing the Pen-is: Re-Membering the Literal and Literary Female Body in Theresa Cha´s Dictee 

v  Olga Glebova, Jan Dlugosz University of Czestochowa (Poland): Trauma, female identity and the trope of splitness in Figes, Lessing, Tennant and Weldon

10:15 – 11:45 Panel C2 (Board Room) (Chair: Romeo De La Cruz)

v  Corina Crisu, University of Bucharest (Romania): An Interstice of Silence: Narrating Rape in Oates`s "The Girl with the Blackened Eye" and Sebold`s The Lovely Bones

v  Sorcha Gunne, Warwick University (UK): ‘Walking on Broken Glass’: narratives of trauma and tortured bodies in Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor and David’s Story by Zo? Wicomb

11:45 – 12:00 Tea/Coffee (Avenue Reception)

12:00 – 13:30 Panel D1 (MY120) (Chair: Janet Wilson)

v  Carmen Melchor Iñiguez and Begoña Camblor Pandiella, Universidad Camilo JosÉ Cela, Madrid, (Spain): Aurora de Albornoz, Autobiography, Trauma and the Spanish Civil War

v  Sue Ryan-Fazilleau, Universite La Rochelle (France): Samson and Delilah: Herstory, Trauma and Survival

12:00– 13:30 Panel D2 (Board Room) (Chair: Claire Allen)

v  Malgosia Godlewska, Ateneum-University of Gdansk (Poland): History and Fiction in the Process of Recovery of Lost Identity in Tales of Innocence and Experience by Eva Figes

v  Daniela Babilon, University of Paderborn (Germany): Unreal Realities: Trauma Narratives, Rewriting History, and Magic(al) Realism

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch (Avenue Reception)

14:30 – 16:15 Panel E1 (MY120) (Chair: Sylvia Pellicer)

v  Irralie Doel, University of Liverpool (UK): Light, Monet, and creative process in the work of Eva Figes and Helene Cixous

v  Sara Strauss, University of Paderborn (Germany): The Persistence of Modernism in Eva Figes’s Experimental Literary Forms and Modernist Motifs in Light 

v  Amy Parker, Sherbrooke University, Quebec (Canada): Intoning Male and Female Voices in Eva Figes’ Light and Other Novels 

14:30 – 16:15 Panel E2 (Board Room) (Chair: Mike Starr)

v  Melanie GruÉ, Universite  Paris 7 (France): Trauma and Survival in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, or the power of alternative stories.

v  Emma Dominguez-Rue, University of Lleida (Spain): Herstory Unwritten: Trauma, Memory and History in Toni Morrison's Beloved.

v  Corinne Bigot, UFR Langues et Cultures Etrangères - Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La DÉfense (France): Locking the door: self-deception, silence and survival in Alice Munro’s "Vandals".

16:15 – 16:30 : Break

16:30 – 17:30: Keynote Address: Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud, UniversitÉ de Toulouse II-Le Mirail. Toulouse (France): From Little Eden-A Child at War (1978) to Journey to Nowhere (2008): 'A secret at the heart of darkness opening up', or words at war in Eva Figes's autobiographical work

17:30 – 17:45: Closing remarks