Exhibition of G4RoC Publications

Exhibition of G4RoC Publications (Sala de Revistes, Biblioteca d’Humanitats)

Start: 11 March.

You are all invited to visit the exhibition on conflict and war organised by the SGR Group for the Representation of Conflict (G4RoC). This group brings together researchers from the Departments of English and German Studies and is dedicated to exploring the complexity of conflicts and their intersection with contemporary literature and culture. Based on a wide range of theoretical and methodological frameworks, the G4RoC investigates the relationship between memory, postmemory, and literature/culture in representing the main conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. The aim of this exhibition is to illuminate the complex dynamics of trauma and its impact on future generations and create new strategies that can inform more effective policies and practices in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Seminar Announcement: Contemporary Literatures in English in Conversation

2nd SGR Seminar Lleida-Barcelona

The 2nd SGR Seminar on Contemporary Literatures in English will be held on May 16, 2024, at the Universitat de Lleida, in the Sala Juntes room of the Rectorat building. This research seminar, coordinated by CELCA (Centre de Literatures i Cultures en Anglès, Universitat de Lleida) and G4RoC (Group for the Representation of Conflict, UAB), offers academic discussions across several themes in contemporary English literatures. Participants include scholars from the two universities, offering diverse perspectives on the following topics: “The Coming of Age of Literary Gerontology,” “Conflict: Ethics, Aesthetics and Methodologies” and “Challenging Terracentric Readings: The Ocean as the Centre of Human Development.” The seminar is open for anyone interested in the latest literary conversations and scholarly insights.

Presentation at the 8th “Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia” International Interdisciplinary Conference (Gdańsk)

2023. On December 8th, I presented my latest work at the 8th “Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia” International Interdisciplinary Conference, that took place in Gdańsk, Poland. I had the chance to engage with fellow scholars and attendees in a dialogue about how lsabel Colegate’s The Shooting Party (1980) recreated an Edwardian period which was informed by her twentieth century knowledge. My paper, based on a chapter soon to be published in Beyond Postmemory: Rewriting War in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Routledge, Pividori, Owen, editors) examined how Isabel Colegate used nostalgia to confront the problem of historical recollection. Based on her own personal history, Colegate presented a view of the Edwardian era that both reflected her longing for an idealised past and acknowledged that this past— with its exploitation of the working classes, its male rivalry and its patriarchal and animal abuse —was not without its flaws.

By applying Linda Hutcheon’s theory of “postmodern ironic nostalgia,” I suggest that Colegate’s nostalgic tone was both self-aware and critical and that she employed ironic nostalgia to both evoke and question the Edwardian era. I ultimately claimed that The Shooting Party goes beyond a mere reflection of the past to suggest that some Edwardian traits might have persisted into the 1980s, during the height of Thatcherism.

Please keep an eye out for further updates on the official publication of the chapter!

Presentation at the “Diasporic Heritage” Conference, University of Amsterdam

2023. On June 21, I had the privilege to attend and present at the “Diasporic Heritage and Identity” conference held at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (University of Amsterdam). My paper, entitled “’Make America Great Again’: (De)Colonising Masculinities in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees (2017),” explores the representation of displaced masculinities within the Vietnamese diaspora, drawing on Nguyen’s collection of short stories. It was an enriching experience to share and exchange insights with fellow academics and experts in the field. My paper has also been published by Amsterdam University Press (AUP), a pioneering institution in Open Access (OA) publishing. I extend my gratitude to AUP and the University of Amsterdam for the opportunity.

New article in Text and Performance Quarterly

2022 Pividori, Cristina, and Andrea Bellot. “Crossing Representational Borders in Lola Arias’ Minefield/Campo Minado” Text and Performance Quarterly. 42.3: 1-26.

This paper analyses how borders are negotiated in Lola Arias’ Minefield/Campo Minado (2016). Arias’ representation of the war experiences and traumatic memories of six veterans, three from each side of the Malvinas/Falklands war, suggests an effort to reframe fixed categorizations around the conflict and cross temporal, spatial and aesthetic borders. We will study the articulation of these borders as devices for verbalizing the continuities and discontinuities between “fact” and “fiction” and “self” and “other” in an attempt to assess how the play constructively manages the anxiety arising from the urge to tell and the need to forget experienced by war veterans.