Trauma and Memory Studies Group

Leadership: Dr David Miller (Department of English)

Affiliated staff: Professor Antony Rowland, Professor Joanna Hodge, Dr Eleanor Byrne, Dr Jason Crowley, Dr Adi Kuntsman, Dr Maria Livanou, Dr Ana Miller, Dr Ginette Carpenter.


Dr David Miller has collaborated with Konan University, Kobe (Japan) and Macaw University, China, over the past three years on research projects on post-Hiroshima art, poetry translation and Freud.

Professor Antony Rowland’s monograph and edited collection Poetry as Testimony and The Future of Testimony were published in late 2014, and have been described as leading publications in the area of literature, memory and trauma studies.

The Jean Monnet funded conference ‘The Holocaust and European Memory’, co-organised between Man Met and the University of Manchester, took place in May 2016.

Work in Progress

Dr David Miller is collaborating with Institute of Human Sciences, Konan University, Kobe, Japan on a forthcoming bi-lingual issue of previously unpublished Japanese post Hiroshima poetry. This project will be published in the International Journal of Literature and Trauma (University of Nebraska Press). This project and Journal issue will be connected to a series of international symposia and promotional events between Konan and MMU. This project includes pictorial and artistic representations previously banned in Japan and the collaboration of those in the arts will be sought.

Professor Antony Rowland is working on major monographs on virtual Holocaust memory (with the University of Leeds, funded by the AHRC), and fictional testimony for Stanford University Press and Northwestern University press. AR was awarded a Fellowship by Northwestern University Press to present a ‘work in progress’ paper at Claremont College in 2016.

Professor Joanna Hodge’s monograph The Return of the Thing: Reading Jean-Luc Nancy was published by Bloomsbury in 2017.

The group hosts and has full editorial control of two journals: Studies in Testimony, a new digital online peer reviewed open access journal edited by Sam Stuart-Booth, and the International Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies network edited by David Miller. The Ghent Trauma Centre and the Saragossa Trauma and Narrative centre are currently affiliated to the International Journal of Trauma and Literature network and the Holocaust Studies Centre at Royal Holloway is also affiliated and actively collaborates with members of the group and supports Studies in Testimony. The group collaborates with the Manchester Jewish Museum and will be seeking closer involvement with the National Holocaust Centre.

A forthcoming seminar and symposium on post-Hiroshima poetry and Hiroshima in Japanese cultural memory will take place at Manchester Met in November 2017, to coincide with the Manchester Japanese Festival.

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