(2021-2022) IHGMS Seminar Workshop - Genealogies of Self-Reflection: Writing in the Wake of Trauma


(2021-2022) IHGMS Seminar Workshop - Genealogies of Self-Reflection: Writing in the Wake of Trauma

Conceived as a writing workshop, this seminar focuses on contributions from participants engaged in memoir writing either in the hybrid form exemplified by Angelika Bammer’s Born After or as self-reflection and rigorous readings of cultural production in the wake of violence as exemplified by Christina Sharpe’s’ In the Wake: On Blackness and Beings. Thus, this seminar explores forms of critical reflection practiced by colleagues whose own family genealogies, sites of origin, and identities have laid the groundwork for their scholarly writing in unexpected ways. What are the forms that self-reflection might take when one interweaves family and concurrent collective histories into one’s academic writing? What form might prose take when collective histories and subjective memories merge?

Maryam Ajdam
Researcher at the Department Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology,
Uppsala University, Sweden

Angelika Bammer  
Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature,
Emory University.

Alon Confino
Professor of History and Jewish Studies; Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies; Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Alicia E. Ellis
Associate Professor of German; Chair of the Department of German and Russian,
Colby College

Michael Geyer
Samuel N. Harper Professor Emeritus of German and European History,
University of Chicago

Atina Grossmann
Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
The Cooper Union

Leslie C. Morris
Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts;
Professor and Chair of Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch,
University of Minnesota

Nichole M. Neuman
Assistant Professor of German; Hoyt-Reichman Scholar of German-American Studies and German Language and Culture; Director of the Max Kade German-American Resource and Research Center,
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Karen Remmler
Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities; Chair of German Studies and Film Media Theater,
Mount Holyoke College

Leo W. Riegert, Jr.
Associate Professor of German,
Kenyon College