NOVEMBER 13, 2015

8:30     Registration

9:00     Opening Speech: Mediha Göbenli

9:10     Keynote Lecture: Andrew Hiscock

10:00   Artist Talk: Matthias Göritz

10:30   Discussion

Session 1 / HALL A

Börte Sagaster
Remembering the past from a minor perspective: Liz Behmoaras “Sevmenin Zamani” and Markar Esayan’s “Jerusalem”

Shohana Akter
Exploring Memory, Amnesia and Magical Realism in the Contemporary Diaspora Novels

Ivana Bančić
The experience of exile and cultural adaptation in Yezierska's Bread Givers

Session 2  / HALL B
Shohala Hakim
Memory and Language: Tools in the Human Pursuit to Achieve Wholeness

Nina Cemiloğlu
Herbert Marcuse and Ernst Bloch: Critical dialogue with Freud on memory and the role of art

Irina-Gabriela Rus
Peaks of Present in Krasznahorkai’s Satantango

Session 3 / HALL C

Ebere Nweze
Gendered Remembrances: A Critical Analysis of the Writings of Four Women Novelists on War and Conflict.

Esther Risma Purba
Memory, Time, and Space, in Several Japanese Atomic-Bomb Poems

Eleftherios Ntotsikas
Collective memory of Asia Minor Catastrophe in Modern Greek Literature

11:30 Discussion
11:45 Coffee Break

Session 4 / HALL A

Aleksandra Nikcevic-Batricevic, Nadezda Stojkovic
Adrienne Rich’s Memory and Her Subversion of Power Systems

Pablo Ramirez
Reframing the Archive:  Bridging the Divide between Chicana/o Collective Memory and the Archive  in Yxta Maya Murray’s The Conquest

Bennett Yu-Hsiang Fu
Re-orienting Persanes to Chinoises: Epistolarity, Reciprocality and Consumption in Ying Chen’s Les lettres chinoises

Session 5 / HALL B
Anca Bucur
Wittgenstein’s traces in Thomas Bernhard’s Extinction: memory and private language

Yamen Rahwan
Fredric Jameson and World Literature: Bringing the Dialectic to the Debate

Gonca Demir
Turkish Folk Music Phonetic Notation System / TFMPNS  Characteristics of Functiolect-Musicolect: A Case Study of Urfa Region

Session 6 / HALL C

Züleyha Çetiner-Öktem
Remembering Mnemosyne's Sons: Composing Masculinity in Homeric Verse

Kartini Anwar
The Johor-Riau Literary Tradition:  Historical Poems as a Medium to Conceive Memorial History

Barry Wood
Popular Romance as Cultural Memory: The "Anonymous Histories of Shah Isma'il"

12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch

Session 7 / HALL A

Robin L. Fetherston
Chains and Release Through Memory in Alice Munro's "Dimensions"

Sa'eda Buang
“Hear me!” - Malay female writers and cultural and personal memory negotiations in literature

Samira Brahimi
Ahdaf Soueif''s "I Think of You": Mosaics of Memory in Action

Session 8 / HALL B
Jayashree Borah
Memory as a Subversive and Recuperative Tool: a Study of Janice Pariat’s Boats on Land

Malika Hammouche
The Past As An Antidote to A Colonised Present

Thilini N K Meegaswatta
Monsoons And Potholes: A Postcolonial Autofiction

Piera Carroli
Beyond Amnesia and Colonialisms: Re / Writing the Past to forge new Italian Identities and Literatures 

Session 9 / HALL C
Alexandra Irimia
The Eternal Return of the Unrepeatable: Textual Practices of Remembrance and Oblivion in the Poetry of Paul Celan

Seyedeh Samereh Abbasnezhad Banehmir, Azadeh Mehrpouyan
Elements Of Aesthetic Modernism In T.S.Eliot And Ahmad Shamloo: A Comprative Analysis

Elena Knyazeva
The Voice of a Poet as a Memory: Boris Pasternak's Recitation of His Poems

Elif Binici
The Narrator’s Play with Voice and Silence in Hawara Dicleye and Perperık-a Söe

15:00 Discussion
15:15 Coffee Break

Session 10 / HALL A

Amjad Alsyouf
Cultural Memory of Earth Goddesses in Modern Poetry and Criticism

Bandana Sinha Kumar
A Delve into Memory of Apartheid in Selected Poems of Dennis Brutus( South African poet)

Dora Nunes Gago
The literary criticism by Jorge de Sena: the poetry and the memory of Manuel Bandeira and Carlos Drumond de Andrade

Remko Smid
Coming to terms with history: cultural memory and historical consciousness in Claudio Magris' "Blindly

Session 11 / HALL B

Shahriyar Mansouri
Remembering the Repressed:  The Modern Irish Novel and the State’s Politics of Forgetfulness

Firuz Akhtar Mohamad Bohari
The Notions of Captivity in "Leo Africanus" and "Panglima Awang": A Comparative Approach

Hatice Sitki
Myths and Symbols

Faruk Kalay
The Localized Hero And Escape From Freedom In The Music Of Chance By Paul Auster

Session 12 / HALL C

Myrthel Van Etterbeeck
Vive la Belgique? The representation of Belgium in Belgian World War One literature

Senem Yildirim Evsen
Spatial Perceptions In Charles Dickens' Illustrated Novels

Sayyed Rahim Moosavinia, Somaye Sharify
New Identities and Literature: A study of Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth

Aycan Akçamete
Creating the Past and the Present Through Memory: A Close Look at the Power Struggle in Harold Pinter's "Old Times"

16:30 Discussion
16:45 Coffee Break

Session 13 / HALL A

Fatma Aykanat
Earthbound Cultural Identities: Environmental Memories Stored in Toxic Narratives

Erdem Erinç
Water as an Instrument of Remembrance: Bosphorus in the Texts of Russian Emigre Literature

Mitzi E. Martínez Guerrero
Memory, identity and the reconstruction of space in historical novel: the case of Santiago de Compostela


Amy Christmas
The self and system memory: accessing the subject in modern surveillance culture

Y. Güniz Sertel
'Her Body' Shaped by 'His Memory'

Session 14 / HALL B
Winda Setia SariThe Poetic of Maternal Culture in Memory Poetry (A Critical and Reflective Analysis on Asian Woman Poets)

Özlem Aydın ÖztürkPutting Together the Missing Pieces: Jackie Kay’s Quest for Personal History in Red Dust Road

Didem Nur Güngören
Proust’s Novel: A Case of Cultural Remembrance of Things Past

Diana Woodcock
The Poet's Task of Recall -- Giving Voice to What's Stored in the Memory


Fabio SalomoniCultural Trauma, Personal and Public Memory

Session 15 / HALL C
Piera CarroliMarilù Oliva's Guerrera Trilogy: escaping Trauma through mezcla

Larisa MokroborodovaApproaches to studying short fiction stories "kreatiffs " on Russian "padonki"-websites

Ozan Eren
Ford Mach 1: The Emergence of Culture Industry in Bagdat Street

Marina LlorenteSites of Memory in Contemporary Spanish Poetry: Silence and Resistance

Ilonka PersicMemory in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway

Virtual Presentations

Zehra Guven Kilicarslan
Loss Of Memory: The Absence of "War" In Modern Turkish Literature

Amjed Lateef Jabbar
Foreshadowing the End through Poetry Exemplifying Apocalyptic References in  T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men"

Maria Mercy Amutha Amalraj
Too Much Happiness - Role of literature in filling historical gaps

Keynote Speaker

We are proud to announce that Prof. Andrew Hiscock is going to give the keynote lecture of LITCRI '15 / IV. Literary Criticism Conference on Memory and Literature.


LITCRI '15 / IV. LITERARY CRITICISM CONFERENCE will be held on November 13-14 in Istanbul. The conference is coordinated by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Research Center), organized by BILSAS (Science, Art, Sport Productions) and hosted by Cezayir Meeting Halls.

DAKAM's LIT CRI ’15 will search for new answers by bringing forward new questions of literature and will question if it is possible to create a literary system in a world in which power relations always change. 

The conference aims to throw light on the role of literature as a medium of cultural memory and as a field of exploration of remembrance.

On the one hand, ‘cultural memory’ has emerged as a useful umbrella term to describe the complex ways in which societies remember their past. It has become increasingly apparent that the memories that are shared within generations and across different generations are the product of public acts of remembrance using a variety of media. Stories, both oral and written, images, museums, monuments: these all work together in creating and sustaining ‘sites of memory’. (Astrid Erll and Ann Rigney, 2006)

Remembrance and amnesia are key parts of the mechanisms of the human mind or mysterious ways of the complex activity of the psyche. One can easily aruge that works of literature, which have focused the memory of the individual in subjective ways, are sufficient in number and quality to compose a genre in its own. (Jonathan Lethem, 2000)

LIT CRI '15 aims to provide a platform for dicussions and research, which consider various aspects of literature as a memorial medium to contribute to the larger discussion of the ways in which societies recollect their past and as a field of observation of personal memory to explore and experience the complexities of the mind and emotions. The conference is open to several points of view in terms of literature and memory:

1) Conceiving literature as a medium of remembrance
2) Observing the production of cultural and personal memory in literature
3) Looking to literature as a tool to explore the concepts of remembrance and amnesia
4) Dealing with comparative exploration of the impact that memory practices had on the forging of new identities and literature
5) The relation between personal and public memory practices in societies

Focusing to literature and memory at the same time will reveal and sum up several recent studies in last couple of decades and it will metaphorically suit to the myth of Mnemosyne who was not only the goddess of memory but also the mother of the muses, the goddesses of the various arts.