Op 9 en 10 november zal er op de universiteit een symposium plaatsvinden met als thema “Madness, Memory and Violence“. De organisatie ligt in handen van Brigitte Adriaensen, universitair hoofddocent Spaanse Taal & Cultuur en PhD-kandidaat Marileen La Haije. Iedereen is van harte uitgenodigd!

Als je de lezingen van 9 november bij wil wonen, kun je je vóór 2 november aanmelden door een e-mail te sturen naar: madnessandmemory@gmail.com. De deelname is gratis, maar aanmelden is vereist, aangezien het aantal zitplaatsen beperkt is.


Korte beschrijving (English)

The eras of violence that plagued numerous regions of Latin America during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s have left a strong imprint on Latin American literature and other cultural expressions such as film, music, theater and visual arts. It is striking that in a considerable number of these artistic productions mental perturbations related to situations of extreme violence constitute a recurrent feature.

However, the different functions of madness in art, in relation to the representation of violence and the transmission of memory, have not yet been investigated in a systematic manner. A number of studies on madness in literature underscore the (thematic, discursive, narratological, critical-evaluative, etcetera) possibilities of the literary representations of madness, for example, its rhetorical effectiveness (Bernaerts, Felman).

From a similar perspective, this Symposium will explore the potential of madness in art, in relation to the representation of violence and the transmission of memory. It starts from the idea that madness in these cultural expressions facilitates a way of transmitting memory, inciting a critical reflection on violence and its socio-psychological repercussions.

The first day (9/11), specialists in different research areas, such as philosophy, literary studies and visual arts, will develop reflections on madness, in relation to violence and memory, adopting distinct theoretical perspectives (among others, clinical, Deleuzian and narratological). Their lectures will be in English.

During the second day (10/11), the Latin American artistic context will be essential in a series of lectures that will be given in Spanish. Specialists in different regions (among others, the Southern Cone and Central America) will explore the connections between madness, violence and memory, focusing on the fields of literature, film and visual arts.


Programma

November 9 (English)
09.15-9.45 Coffee

09.45-10.00 Olivier Hekster (Research Director HLCS) Welcome

10.00-10.15 Brigitte Adriaensen Introduction

10.15-11.15 Kate Richards Wild Minds: writing from the heart of madness

11.15-12.15 Wouter Kusters War and peace in madness and memory

12.15-13.00 Mette Gieskes Transgressive acts of automutilation in body art around 1970

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.15 Tom Sintobin & Mathijs Sanders “The accursed, paralyzed now.” Madness, memory and violence in Wonder by Hugo Claus

15.15-16.00 Laszlo Munteán Memory, Postmemory, and Revenge in Günter Grass’ Crabwalk

16.00-16.30 Final discussion


November 10 (Spanish)

09.30-10.00 Café

10.00-11.00 Pablo Hernández Locura y visualización

11.00-11.30 Alexandra Ortiz Wallner ¿Literatura y locura en Centroamérica? Coordenadas para un debate

11.30-12.00 Marileen La Haije Narrar los recovecos de la mente. Locura, violencia y narración en Trece de Rafael Menjívar Ochoa

12.00-13.30 Almuerzo

13.30-14.30 Ludmila Da Silva “Yo creía que estaba loca. Yo estaba loco.” Etnografía sobre la noción de locura frente las experiencias límites del secuestro y la tortura en los centros clandestinos de detención en Argentina

14.30-15.00 Ana María Amar Sánchez Política y locura. Narrar la historia argentina en tres cuentos de Rodolfo Walsh

15.00-15.30 Miriam Chiani Ficción paranoica, violencia y memoria en la narrativa de Marcelo Cohen

15.30-16.00 Café

16.00-16.30 Luz Rodríguez Locura y violencia en la obra de Rafael Spregelburd (título provisional)

16.30-17.00 Teresa Basile Violencia y locura en América Latina a partir de las prefiguraciones de Lalo Cura

17.00-17.30 Discusión final y cierre

Symposium