Program 2018 Winter Symposium

Program 2018 Winter Symposium


University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, March 8-11, 2018

Thursday, 8th March 2018

Venue: Hotel Scandic Bystranda, Østre Strandgate 74, Kristiansand

16.00-17.00 Registration

17.00-18.00 Plenary speech: Alison Landsberg

Horror Vérité: Politics and History in Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017)

Chair: Charles Ivan Armstrong

18.00 Reception

Greetings from University of Agder: Vice Dean Årstein Justnes

Greetings from the network Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics:

coordinators Hanna Meretoja and Associate Professor Eneken Laanes

Friday, 9th March 2018

Venue: University of Agder, Campus Kristiansand

9.00 Bus from Hotel Scandic Bystranda to University of Agder, main entrance


Oral Testimonies (A7-001)

Chair: Hanna Meretoja

Molly Andrews: Constructing Stories of Political Forgiveness

Cigdem Esin and Aura Lounasmaa: Creative Spaces of Resistance in Narratives by Refugees

Per Roar: While They Are Floating

Novels of Historical Past (A7-002)

Chair: Eneken Laanes

France Grenaudier-Klijn: Patrick Modiano and the Occupation: Absence, Recurrence, Reticence

Harriet Hulme: Between Remembrance and Forgetting: Fact, Fiction and the Importance of Form in Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1979) and Semprun’s What a Beautiful Sunday! (1980)

Heather Sanders: Fact through Fiction: Véronique Tadjo’s Retelling of Testimony in The Shadow of Imana

11.00-11.15 Coffee


Northern Ireland (A7-001)

Chair: Dina Abazovic

Charles Armstrong: Larry’s Last Tape: Troubling Truth in Glenn Patterson’s That Which Was

Ruben Moi: Narratives, Fiction and Fact in and Anna Burns’ novel No Bones (2002) and during the Troubles in Northern Ireland

Michaela Marková: Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in Contemporary Northern Irish/British Literature for Children and Young Adults

War and Emigrant Fiction ­(A7-002)

Chair: Unni Langås

Kaisa Hiltunen and Nina Sääskilahti: Remembering and Imagining the Past in Two WWII Films

Aura Nikkilä and Anna Vuorinne: Visual Counter-Memory of the Continuation War in Hanneriina Moisseinen’s The Isthmus

Annika Toots: In the Crosswind: the Construction of a National Trauma Representation

Daniel Skoglund: The Ministry of Truth: Uncovering the Intelligence Community’s Fictional Narrative in Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide

Fiction and Cultural Transgression (A7-006)

Chair: Eneken Laanes

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi: Democracy as Narrative of Rescue

Anne-Karoline Sunde Jakobsen: The Mechanics of Bombing: Documenting Atrocity in Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins’

Aušra Paulauskienė: Humorous, Self-deprecating and Traumatic: Soviet Emigrant Fiction in the US

13.15-14.00 Lunch: Lilletunstova


The Holocaust (A7-001)

Chair: Dina Abazovic

Victor Callari: Trauma and Narrative in the Graphic Novel Series “Episodes from Auschwitz”

Colin Davis: Facts, Lies and Alternative Facts: Does the Truth of Testimony Matter?

Jakob Lothe: Fragment, Episode, Ellipsis: Narrative Features of Holocaust Narratives

Manufacturing monsters through facts and fictions (A7-002)

Chair: Hans Kristian S. Rustad

Holger Pötzsch: A Tale of Two Versions: I Am Legend, the Cold War, and the War on Terror

Juliane Bockwoldt: Tales of Tirpitz: Manufacturing History in the Documentary The Battle for Hitler’s Supership

Christian Beyer: Tales of Omran: Media at War, Manufacturing Monsters and ‘Their’ Victims

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.10 Bus from University of Agder, main entrance, to Arkivet, Vesterveien 4

16.30-17.30 Guided tour at Arkivet. Senter for historieformidling og fredsbygging (The Archive: Centre for Mediating History and Building Peace)

Saturday, 10th March 2018

Venue: Hotel Scandic Bystranda, Østre Strandgate 74, Kristiansand

9.00-10.00 Plenary speech: Timotheus Vermeulen

The Second Society: Fiction as Method for Truth Telling

Chair: Unni Langås

10.00-10.30 Coffee


Poetry (Scandic group room)

Chair: Unni Langås

Louise Mønster: Science Fiction Poetry – a Genre of Critical Reflection on Society and Our Present Way of Living

Hans Kristian S. Rustad: Between the Fictional and the Factual. Political Conflicts in Marie Silkeberg and Ghayath Almadhoun’s To Damaskus

Memoirs (Scandic plenary room)

Chair: Hanna Meretoja

Eila Rantonen: Confessional and Political Rhetoric in the Memoirs of Former Nordic Neo-Nazis. Reading Kent Lindahl’s Exit and Henrik Holappa’s Miten perustin uusnatsijärjestön?

Billy Gray: ‘You Can’t Grab Anything with a Closed Fist’: Reflection on Ulster Protestant Identity in Derek Lundy’s Memoir Men That God Made Mad: A Journey Through Truth, Myth, and Terror in Northern Ireland

Susanne Vees-Gulani: The Upside-Down World of Fact and Fiction Surrounding the Dresden Firestorm in Memory: Current Literary Texts as Possible Correctives to the Dresden Destruction Narrative

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Roundtable discussion

Chair: Charles Ivan Armstrong

Molly Andrews, Colin Davis, Hanna Meretoja, Eneken Laanes, Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

19.00 Conference dinner: Restaurant Pider Ro, Gravane 10

Sunday, 11th March 2018



Contact: Unni Langås (, Charles Armstrong (

Organisers: Study circle Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics of the Nordic Summer University in collaboration with University of Agder

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