Centre for Studies in Literature

Conference 2014: Cultures of Commemoration

An international conference hosted by the Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth
11-12 July 2014

Taking as a starting point the range of events which will mark the centenary of WWI in 2014, this conference considered the commemoration of a variety of events, and the place occupied by commemorative practices in contemporary literature and culture. We examined how different ‘pasts’ and key historical moments – including, but not exclusively, the First World War – are memorialised, fictionalised, and at times commercialised, in the present.

Cultures of Commemoration

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Victoria Stewart (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Dr Rosario Arias (University of Málaga, Spain)
  • Plus a storytelling event with acclaimed storyteller and author Dr Simon Heywood (University of Derby, UK)

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Topics included:

  • Remembering/consuming the past in contemporary literature and culture
  • The presentation of past military conflicts in contemporary literature and culture
  • Memory, memorialisation, and the function of loss in contemporary literature and culture
  • Neo-historical returns to the past in contemporary literature and culture
  • ‘Dark tourism’ and the fascination with past traumas in contemporary literature and culture
  • Exhausting the past: commemoration fatigue and forgetting in contemporary literature and culture

Further information

For further information, please contact Dr Christine Berberich (Christine.Berberich@port.ac.uk) or Dr Elodie Rousselot (Elodie.Rousselot@port.ac.uk).