Narrative and Violence (2020-2022)

Narrative and Violence (2020-2022)

Building on the achievements of the highly successful Study Circle “Narrative and Memory: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics” (2017–2019) and pursuing its engagement with storytelling practices that “open up new possibilities for reshaping and reimagining the European project,” this Study Circle shifts the focus from narrativisations of memory to narrativisations of violence within social, political, cultural, and scientific discourses. In so doing, we aim to foster a trans-disciplinary dialogue among scholars, journalists, writers, activists and other practitioners interested in identifying and scrutinising the potential implications of representational violence on our lives and our planet’s future.

Read more about the study circle here or by following this link.


Call for Papers
Violence, Care, Cure
(Self)perceptions Within the Medical Encounter

The conference will take place from 3-4 February 2022 at ICI Berlin.

Previous symposium:

Summer Session 2021

 Culture and the Impending Ecocatastrophe

Narratives of Ecology and Sustainable Futures

University of Turku, Finland (ONLINE)

20th October 2021 




Marta-Laura Cenedese and Helena Duffy, Coordinators of ‘Narrative and Violence’ 


Keynote Lecture: ‘Nostalgia, Ecocatastrophe, or Sustainability? Environmental Storytelling and Ecocritical Theory’

Reinhard Hennig, University of Agder, NorwayChair: Helena Duffy 


Session 1: Narrating the Nuclear

Chair: Marta-Laura Cenedese

‘Locating Authority in Envisioning Nuclear Markers’

Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Institute/Hiroshima City University, Japan

‘Profiling “Solastalgia” in US Nuclear Fiction within “Literary Energy Narratives” Frames

Inna Sukhenko, University of Helsinki/University of Jyväskylä, Finland

‘Nuclear Incidents as Metaphors for Ecocatastrophe in Anticipatory Fiction from Luxembourg’

Sébastian Thiltges, University of Luxembourg

‘Choreographing with Catastrophe’

Malin Palani, Independent scholar and artist

Break – 15 minutes


Session 2: Storytelling and Climate Change

Chair: Avril Tynan

‘Feelings of Hope and Helplessness in Norwegian Environmental Storytelling: Knut Faldbakken’s and Maja Lunden’s Climate Change Fictions’

Georgiana Bozîntan, Universitet Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, Romania

‘Is There Ecofeminism in Contemporary Nordic Climate Fiction?’

Katarina Leppänen, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

 Writing as Research: Materialising the Environmental Crisis through Experimental Representation’

Rosanne van der Voet, University of Sheffield

‘Aquatic Spaces in Sci-Fi Films: The Anthropocene and Diffraction in Water Planet Imaginaries’

Faeze Rezaii, University of Turku, Finland

Break – 5 minutes


Session 3: New Perspectives on the Anthropocene

Chair: Jouni Teittinen

“Ruled by Place”: Annie Proulx Confronts the Ecocatastrophe in Fiction’

Hanna Jocelyn, Rutgers University, USA

‘Crisis as Opportunity: Ecologies of Hope and Transformation in Contemporary Literature’

Elizabeth Tavella, University of Chicago, USA

‘Nature and Gender in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer: Writing an Ethical Shift in Environmental Perception’

Chloé Bour-Lang, University of Strasbourg, France

‘Interstices of Change: Artistic Production in the Face of Black Anthropocenes’

Spring Ulmer, Middlebury College, USA

16.35-16.45 Closing remarks



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