Roosta, Estonia, 28 July–4 August 2019

 Sunday 28 July: Arrival and Registration

18:00-19:30 Dinner

19.30 Welcome Event

Monday 29 July

7:30-9:00 Breakfast (and Children’s Circle intro)

(7:15-8:00 Morning Exercise Session)

9:00-12:15 Session 1: Theorising Positionality and Agency

Welcome and introductions (Eneken Laanes and Hanna Meretoja)

Siobhan Kattago: The Ghosts of Cain and Abel: Am I my Brother’s Keeper?

Colin Davis: What Should be Forgotten?

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:15 Session 2: Reading Seminar

Emmanuel Levinas, Difficult Freedom: Essays on Judaism

15:15-15:30 Coffee

15:30-17:00 Keynote: Anna Reading: Eco-Queering Memory  

18:00-19:30 Welcome Dinner

(20:45-21:30 Cultural Program: Film Night)

Tuesday 30 July

7:30-9:00 Breakfast

(7:15-8:00 Morning Exercise Session)

9:00-12:15 Session 3: Implicated Subjects of Slavery, Colonialism and Slow Violence

Kim Rostan, Kimberly Hall: Vernacular Activism in Testimonies for Racial Justice

Eric Doise: No Neutral Ground: Katrina’s Long History in Spike Lee’s If God Is Willing

Didymus Dounla: The Dilemmas of Repentance in J. M. Coetzee’s Age of Ironand Diary of a Bad Year

Debaditya Bhattacharya: Testifying to the Secrets of Law: Of Juridical Conscience and the Case of Bilkis Bano

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:15 A chance to visit other circles

15:15-15:30 Coffee

15:30-17:00 Keynote: Naomi Scheman: On Being Unsettled

18:00-19:30 Dinner

(19:30 Cultural Program: Theatre Night)

Wednesday 31 July

7:30-9:00 Breakfast

(7:15-8:00 Morning Exercise Session)

9:00-12:15 Session 4: Positionality and Agency in Women’s Narratives

Rebecca Rosenberg: Narratives of Criminelles: Victims and Survivors in Le châtiment des hypocrites (2001) by Leïla Marouane and Nulle autre voix (2018) by Maïssa Bey

Helena Duffy: From Victim to Perpetrator: On the Blurring of Identities in Soazig

Aaron’s Le Nom de Klara (2002)

Avril Tynan: Female Agency, Narrative Silence, and the #MeToo era: Gendered Trauma in Marguerite Duras’ Hiroshima mon amour

Kirsi Tuohela: The Last Patient. Remembering and Narrating the Death of Asylum System in the Neo-liberal Era

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:15 Session 5: Reading Seminar

Hanna Meretoja, The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible, Chapter 6

15:15-15:30 Coffee

15:30-17:00 Keynote: Anna Reading: Hopeful Agency: Re-Mixing Migration Memory through Participatory Mixed Media

18:00-19:30 Dinner

(19:30 Cultural Program: Literary Program)

Thursday 1 August: The Excursion Day

18:00-19.30 Circle Dinner: BBQ

Friday 2 August

7:30-9:00 Breakfast

(7:15-8:00 Morning Exercise Session)

9:00-12:05 Session 6: Personal Responsibility and (Literary) Form/ Voicing

Yu-Hua Yen: Integration and Integrity: The Storyteller’s Agency

Aura Lounasmaa: Co-creation and Partnerships with (Refugee) Students: Can We Create De-colonising Narratives from Position of Privilege?

Hannah Kalverda: She Threw Her Voice and then Took it Back: Ventriloquism and Ethics in Grace Nichols’ Poetry

12.15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:15 Session 7: Reading Seminar

Michael Rothberg, The Implicated Subjects: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators

15:15-15:30 Coffee

15:30-17:00 Keynote: Naomi Scheman: Stones as Stories: Toward an Epis- temology for 21st Century Research Universities

18:00-19:30 Dinner

(19:30 Cultural Program)

Saturday 3 August

7:30-9:00 Breakfast

(7:15-8:00 Morning Exercise Session)

9:00-12:15 Session 8: Agency and Artistic Strategies

Nic Cooper: Contemporary Artists as Agents for Alternative Histories and Radical Identities

Michael Kjaer: Mnemonic Reimagining

Concluding reflections

12:15-13:45 Lunch

13:45-15:15 A chance to visit other circles

15:15-15:30 Coffee

17:00-18:00 Football

18:00-19:30 Party

(20:00 Cultural Porgram)

5 August: Departure


The symposium is organised in collaboration with the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of Estonian Academy of Sciences, Tallinn, Estonia and SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, University of Turku, Finland.