Neuroscience and Cultural Memory for Cinema and Literature: European Traumalgia

Neuroscience and Cultural Memory for Cinema and Literature: European Traumalgia
23 March 2017, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Matthew Mild, 

Nick Bentley, Keele

Martina Zimmermann, King's College London

The seminar will explore the theme of neurological and cultural memory at the encounter of science and the humanities. Various subjects will be discussed, including the rise of the neuro-novel in English-language fiction and Alzheimer’s disease in film – Richard Eyre’s Iris as much as Richard Glatzer’s Still Alice. The question of how cultural notions of memory, on the one hand, and neuroscientific understandings of the condition, on the other hand, have influenced (or not) the current cultural dementia narrative will be examined in some German films, in the context of Italian and French productions.The methods and latest findings of neuroscience and cultural memory studies will be used to broaden the scope of the seminar by introducing other films by Turkish-German, Turkish-Italian, and Turkish-French film-directors, as well as migrant literature from France, Italy, and Germany. Trauma and nostalgia will be examined both as philosophical and as political categories of neurological and cultural remembrance in the aftermath of the EU refugee and financial crisis.

Matthew Mild (IMLR/London): “Migrant Neurocultural Traumalgia through European Cinema and Literature in and beyond Igiaba Scego and Rafik Schami”
Nick Bentley (Keele): “Representing Trauma in Martin Amis's Yellow Dog and Ian McEwan's Saturday'”
Martina Zimmermann (King’s College London): “Alzheimer’s disease on the big screen. Beyond Iris and Still Alice”

Admission free, all welcome. Please register in advance



Cathy Collins
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