Trauma – Holocaust – Literature – Budapest, Musée Petőfi

Dates et Lieux : 28-29 novembre 2014 – Aula Magna ELTE ÁJK, Egyetem tér 1.  puis Musée Petőfi, Károlyi utca 16, Budapest.

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The Petőfi Literary Museum is pleased to invite you to participate in the Trauma – Holocaust – Literature Conference to be held in Budapest, on November 28-29, 2014. The conference is intended as a discussion of the history of representing the Holocaust, the cultural, artistic and literary processes and the theoretical problems this representation has entailed. Our explicit goal is to bring together, in a single session, influential international authors and their Hungarian colleagues, to enable and encourage a dialogue of unprecedented vibrancy.


28 NOVEMBRE – Aula Magna ELTE ÁJK, Egyetem tér 1. Budapest

09.30 Welcome Speeches / A konferenciát köszönti
  Csilla E. Csorba,  General Director, Petőfi Literary Museum
  Ernő Marosi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  Introduction / Bevezető
  Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz, Germany
  Chair / elnök
  Aleida Assman
10.00 Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Indiana University, USA
Holocaust Memory at the Beginning of the 21st Century
  Wulf Kansteiner, Aarhus University, Denmark
On the Unlikely Rise and Precarious Future of Holocaust Memory
  Péter Dávidházi, Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest
A Valediction, Forbidding Theologizing – Aladár Komlós’s Memorial Speech of 1946
  Coffee Break / kávészünet
  Chair / elnök
  Wulf Kansteiner
11.40 Tamás Kisantal, University of Pécs, Hungary

Searching for the Meaning of the Past – Victims and Martyrs in the Hungarian Literary Discourse

   Ernst van Alphen, Leiden University, Netherlands
List Mania in Holocaust Commemoration
  Gábor Palkó, Petőfi Literary Museum, Budapest

Traumatic Memory and Second Order Cybernetics

   Péter György, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
The Art of the Holocaust: Ethical Norms and Aesthetic Experiences – the Unavoidable Tension
  Lunch Break / ebészünet
  Chair / elnök
  Péter Dávidházi
15.40 Aleida Assman, University of Konstanz, Germany

Premediation and Unrepresentability of the Holocaust

  Judit Nóra Pintér, University of Szeged, Hungary
Trauma and Nostalgia in the Works of Imre Kertész
  Teri Szűcs, indipendent researcher, Budapest
Witnessing and Trauma in the Hungarian Literature of the Roma Holocaust


Chair / elnök
Ernst van Alphen
10.00 Robert Eaglestone, University of London, UK
‘Personal Responsibility under Dictatorship’ and Holocaust and Genocide Fiction
Katalin Orbán, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Naming and Sensing Place: Topographic Memories of Genocide in Contemporary Literary Narrative
Brett Ashley Kaplan, University of Illinois, USA
The Familial Nazi
Gábor Tamás Molnár,  Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
The (Re)Birth of Trauma Out of the Spirit of Music: the Atrocious and the Artistic in William Gass’s Middle C
Coffee Break / kávészünet
Chair / elnök
Tamás Kisantal
12.00 Gábor Gyáni, Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest

Hungarian Memory of the Holocaust 

Raffaella Di Castro, Italy
Witnesses of the Not-experienced: Those born after as artists of the “as if”
Andrea Pető, Central European University, Budapest
Gendered Memory of the Holocaust in Central Europe
Miklós Takács,  University of Debrecen, Hungary
Individual and Cultural Trauma: Analogies, Differences and Relationships
Lunch Break / ebészünet
Chair / elnök
Robert Eaglestone
15.40 Barry Langford, University of London, UK
“Maybe It Wasn’t That Way At All”: Reflexivity and Narrative Reversal as Ethical Performance in Jakob the Liar (1999) and Inglourious Basterds (2010)
John Neubauer, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Literature and the Unspeakable
Hedvig Turai, International Business School, Budapest
Different Silences
Closing Speech / zárszó
Robert Eaglestone