Presentations

Keynote Lectures

  • Craps, Stef. “Bearing Witness to the Anthropocene.” Keynote lecture at the “Témoignage entre fiction et non fiction: Récits, postures, engagements” postgraduate seminar, Université Saint-Louis—Bruxelles, Belgium, 27-28 April 2017.

  • Craps, Stef. “Transnational Memory and Its Discontents.” Keynote lecture at the “Transnational Memory in the 21st Century” postgraduate seminar, King’s College London, UK, 23 September 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. “Memory Frictions and Cross-Traumatic Affiliation in Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror.” Keynote lecture at the “Memory and Postcolonial Studies” symposium, University of Nottingham, UK, 10 June 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. “Travelling Trauma.” Keynote lecture at “History, Memory, Grief: A 30th Air India Anniversary Conference,” John Douglas Taylor Conference, McMaster University, Canada, 6-7 May 2016. [watch video]

  • Craps, Stef. “Memory Frictions and Cross-Traumatic Affiliation in Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror.” Keynote lecture at the “Memory, Migration and the Archive” seminar, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-20 November 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. “Climate Change and the Art of Anticipatory Memory.” Keynote lecture at the “Memory and Materialism” Mnemonics Graduate Summer School, University of Westminster and King’s College London, UK, 8-10 September 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide in the Poetry of Sherman Alexie.” Keynote lecture at the “Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism” symposium, University of Northampton, UK, 15 May 2015. [listen to audio]

  • Craps, Stef. “‘But what about all the Dachaus / in the United States?’ Comparative Perspectives on the Holocaust in the Work of Sherman Alexie.” Keynote lecture at the “Transnational Holocaust Memory” conference, University of Leeds, UK, 26-27 January 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. “Trends in Trauma Theory.” Keynote lecture at “The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies” graduate conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 11-12 April 2014.

  • Craps, Stef. “Postcolonial Hauntings: Trauma beyond Borders.” Keynote lecture at the “Global Spectralities” seminar, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 23-24 September 2013.

  • Craps, Stef, and Sean Bex. “Memory, Humanitarianism, and the White Savior Industrial Complex: Kony 2012 vs. What Is the What.” Keynote lecture at the “Memory and Restitution” conference, University of Westminster, UK, 5-6 July 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “New Directions in Trauma Studies.” Keynote lecture at the 15th Annual Conference of the English Department at the University of Bucharest, Romania, 6-8 June 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “On Not Closing the Loop: Empathy, Ethics, and Transcultural Witnessing.” Keynote lecture at the “Empathy and Memory Studies” conference, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, 23 June 2012.

Other Invited Talks

  • Craps, Stef. Lecture and postgraduate workshop, University of Warwick, UK, 24 October 2017.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to session on “Performing Memory.” “The Social Life of Memory” Mnemonics Graduate Summer School, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, 7-9 September 2017.

  • Craps, Stef. “Imagining Climate Change: Fiction, Memory, and the Anthropocene.” “Narrative, Space, Memorialization” lecture series, University of Alicante, Spain, 11 April 2017.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Trouble with Trauma” and “Cross-Traumatic Affiliation.” “Violence, Conflict, and Gender” research cluster, Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures, University College Cork, Ireland, 8 March 2017.

  • Craps, Stef. “Postcolonial Witnessing Revisited.” “Colonial Memory and Trauma” session, Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Comparative Global Humanities, Center for Humanities, Tufts University, USA, 16 February 2017.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Wisdom of Hindsight, Today: Pre-Memory in Climate Change Narratives.” “Beyond Ireland, after 2016” symposium, Maynooth University, Ireland, 3 November 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. “Cross-Traumatic Affiliation.” “Constructing Communities – below and beyond the Nation” conference, LMU Munich, Germany, 6-8 October 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to sessions. Postgraduate Training School, COST Action “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe,” University College Dublin, Ireland, 29-31 August 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. Opening statement in “Trauma, Testimony and Postcolonial Witnessing” session. “Postcolonial Legacies and the Meaning of Being Human” symposium, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 10-12 August 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Cultural Memory Studies Initiative at Ghent University.” “European Memory Studies: Agenda, Networks, Perspectives” meeting, University of Bologna, Italy, 17-18 June 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. Author Q&A about Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds. “Memory, Trauma, and Violence” seminar series, University of Leeds, UK, 9 February 2016 (via Skype).

  • Craps, Stef. “The Wisdom of Hindsight, Today.” Position paper. Roundtable “Are Memories (Ever Not) Preformed?,” 2016 MLA convention, Austin, USA, 7-10 January 2016.

  • Craps, Stef. Participant in “Rounding-Up Panel.” “The Audiovisual Production of Transcultural Memory in Europe,” “Mediation and Memory” working group meeting, COST Action “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe,” University of Dubrovnik, Croatia, 17-18 September 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to session on “Marginalized Materialities.” “Memory and Materialism” Mnemonics Graduate Summer School, University of Westminster and King’s College London, UK, 8-10 September 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. Roundtable participant (with Bryan Cheyette and Alan Gibbs) at the “Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism” symposium, University of Northampton, UK, 15 May 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide in the Work of Sherman Alexie.” Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2 March 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. “Travelling Trauma.” Transnational Memory Studies Seminar Series, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 12 February 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. “Proleptic Mourning in Climate Change Fiction.” “Climate, Change, Literature” workshop, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, 6-7 February 2015.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to session on “Missing Media, Absent Archives.” “Media of Memory” Mnemonics Graduate Summer School, Stockholm University, Sweden, 21-23 August 2014.

  • Craps, Stef. “Trends in Trauma Theory” (lecture; watch video) and “Postcolonial Witnessing: The Example of Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay” (master class). Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, 10 June 2014.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to session on “Trauma and the Postcolonial.” “The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies” graduate conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 11-12 April 2014.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to session on “Memories of the British Empire.” “Mediation and Memory” working group meeting, COST Action “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe,” Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, 16-17 September 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Future of Trauma.” IGRS Research Seminar Series, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK, 12 June 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. Input paper for “Mediation and Memory” working group, inaugural conference COST Action “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe,” University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 16-17 May 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “‘You call it a disorder . . . We call it life‘: Postcolonial Trauma in Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love.” Seminar co-hosted by the School of English Critical and Cultural Theory Research Group, the Postcolonial Research Group, and the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar Series, University of Leeds, UK, 16 April 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “Humanitarianism, Empathy, and Advocacy: Dave Eggers’s What Is the What.” University of East Anglia, UK, 19 March 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “‘You call it a disorder . . . We call it life’: Postcolonial Trauma in Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love.” Graduate Lecture Series, Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, 21 February 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds.” Cultural Memory Seminar, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK, 9 February 2013.

  • Craps, Stef. “Globalizing Trauma Theory.” Sub-plenary lecture at the 2012 ESSE conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 4-8 September 2012.

  • Craps, Stef. “On Not Closing the Loop: Empathy, Ethics, and Transcultural Witnessing.” “International Conference on Peace Studies: The Many Faces of Trauma, Resilience and Transformation,” University of Leuven, Belgium, 30-31 August 2012.

  • Craps, Stef. “A Postcolonial Critique of Trauma Theory.” Symposium “Bridging the Divide in Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Towards a Cross-Cultural Interdisciplinary Dialog,” University of Haifa, Israel, 12-14 June 2012.

  • Craps, Stef. “Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds.” Workshop organized by the “Memory at War” HERA project, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 13 April 2012.

  • Craps, Stef. “World-Wide Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds.” Lecture series of the Culture, Religion and Memory research group of the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies at Nijmegen University, the Netherlands, 16 March 2012.

  • Craps, Stef. “Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay and the Postcolonial Persistence of Camp-Thinking.” “The I-Postcolonial” seminar, Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, France, 25 March 2011.

  • Craps, Stef. “Globalizing Trauma Theory.” “Beyond Aftermaths: Contemporary (Post-)Postmodernism in the Shadow of the Twentieth Century” conference, Groningen University, the Netherlands, 20-21 December 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. “Beyond Eurocentrism: Trauma Theory in the Global Age.” Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherche en Etudes Postcoloniales (CEREP), University of Liège, Belgium, 13 December 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to Sofía Muñoz-Valdivieso’s paper “Metaphors of Identity and Belonging in Andrea Levy’s Small Island.” “Metaphors of Diaspora in Contemporary UK Writing” symposium, University of Alcalá, Spain, 5 November 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. “Jewish/Postcolonial Diasporas in the Work of Caryl Phillips.” “Metaphors of Diaspora in Contemporary UK Writing” symposium, University of Alcalá, Spain, 5 November 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. “Postcolonial Witnessing: The Trauma of Empire, the Empire of Trauma.” University seminar on Cultural Memory, Columbia University, USA, 9 March 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. Introduction to keynote address by Graham Swift at the 2007 BAAHE conference, University of Liège, Belgium, 8 December 2007.

  • Craps, Stef. “Wor(l)ds of Grief: Traumatic Memory and Literary Witnessing in Cross-Cultural Perspective.” Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 11 October 2007.

  • Craps, Stef. “Wor(l)ds of Grief: Traumatic Memory and Literary Witnessing in Cross-Cultural Perspective.” English Department staff seminar programme, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 8 October 2007.

  • Craps, Stef. “J. M. Coetzee’s Foe.” Master class on the theatre production Robinson Crusoe, de vrouw en de neger, NTGent, Ghent, Belgium, 8 March 2006.

  • Craps, Stef. “‘Not a Moment of Terror but One of Strength’: The Naudet Brothers’ 9/11 Documentary as an Exercise in Post-Traumatic Denial.” “Cultural Memory: Workshop 9/11,” Nijmegen University, the Netherlands, 13 May 2005.

Conference Papers

  • Craps, Stef. Introduction. Roundtable “Memory Studies and the Anthropocene,” 2017 MLA convention, Philadelphia, USA, 5-8 January 2017.

  • Craps, Stef. “‘You call it a disorder . . . We call it life‘: Postcolonial Trauma in Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love.” Special session “Postcolonial Trauma,” 2014 MLA convention, Chicago, USA, 9-12 January 2014.

  • Smethurst, Toby, and Stef Craps. “Phantasms of War and Empire in Pat Barker’s The Ghost Road.” “The I-Postcolonial” conference, Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3, France, 22-24 March 2012.

  • Thewissen, Catherine, and Stef Craps. “De-Othering the Perpetrator: The True Face of Evil in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker.” 2011 BAAHE conference “Facing Present, Past and Future,” University College Brussels (HUB), Belgium, 1-3 December 2011.

  • Craps, Stef. “Holocaust Impiety in Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution.” “American Responses to the Holocaust: Transatlantic Perspectives” conference, Roosevelt Study Center / University of Antwerp, the Netherlands / Belgium, 15-17 June 2011.

  • Craps, Stef, and Gert Buelens. “Traumatic Mirrorings: Holocaust and Colonial Trauma in Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution.” 2010 ESSE Conference, Turin, Italy, 24-28 August 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. “Holocaust Memory and the Critique of Violence in Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza.” ACLA 2010 Annual Meeting: “Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms,” New Orleans, USA, 1-4 April 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. “Beyond Eurocentrism: Trauma Theory in the Global Age.” “Trauma: Intersections among Narrative, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis” conference, George Washington University, Washington, USA, 4-6 March 2010.

  • Craps, Stef. “Entangled Memories of the Holocaust and Partition in Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay.” “Literature and the Memory of Catastrophe: A Symposium,” Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB), Brussels, Belgium, 29-30 May 2009.

  • Craps, Stef. “Entangled Memories of the Holocaust and Partition in Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay.” ACLA 2009 Annual Meeting: “Global Languages, Local Cultures,” Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, 26-29 March 2009.

  • Craps, Stef. Response to Roger Sell’s paper “Trauma and the Ethics of Children’s Literature: Lynne Reid Banks’s Melusine: A Mystery (1988).” 2008 ESSE conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 22-26 August 2008.

  • Craps, Stef. “Testimony, Ventriloquism, and Complicity in the Novels of Caryl Phillips.” 2008 ESSE conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 22-26 August 2008.

  • Craps, Stef. “Learning to Live with Ghosts: Postcolonial Haunting and Mid-Mourning in David Dabydeen’s Turner and Fred D’Aguiar’s Feeding the Ghosts.” “Postcolonial Ghosts” conference, Montpellier University, France, 8-10 November 2007.

  • Craps, Stef. “‘Only Not beyond Love’: Testimony, Subalternity, and the Famine in the Poetry of Eavan Boland.” “Irish Women Writers: National and European Contexts” conference, University of Leuven, Belgium, 24-27 October 2007.

  • Craps, Stef. Response. Special session “Trauma, Narrative and the Postcolonial,” 2006 MLA convention, Philadelphia, USA, 27-30 December 2006.

  • Craps, Stef. “Linking Legacies of Loss: Traumatic Histories and Cross-Cultural Empathy in Caryl Phillips’s Higher Ground and The Nature of Blood.” “Caryl Phillips: 25 Years of Writing” conference, University of Liège, Belgium, 1-2 December 2006.

  • Craps, Stef. “Beyond Recovery: Witnessing, Ethics, and Nationhood in the Poetry of Eavan Boland.” “Poetry and Politics” conference, University of Stirling, UK, 12-16 July 2006.

  • Craps, Stef. “Literature as Witness: Unforgetting History in J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians.” “The Future of Memory: An International Holocaust and Trauma Studies Conference,” University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford, UK, 10-12 November 2005.

  • Craps, Stef. “J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and the Ethics of Testimony.” “Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics” conference, Ghent University, Belgium, 21-23 April 2005.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Ethics of British Postmodern Realism.” “Borders of Realism” conference, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 1-3 December 2004.

  • Craps, Stef. “Class Matters in Graham Swift’s Last Orders.” “Literature and Class” colloquium, Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium, 22 November 2001.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Politics of Working-Class Representation in Graham Swift’s Last Orders.” “Cultural Studies: Between Politics and Ethics” conference, Bath Spa University College, UK, 6-8 July 2001.

  • Craps, Stef. “From Narrative to Ethics in Graham Swift’s Last Orders.” International seminar (Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies in cooperation with University College London and Aarhus University) “Narrative, Literature, Media: Integration and Disintegration in an Era of Globalization,” Aarhus University, Denmark, 18-22 June 2001.

  • Craps, Stef. “Gender Performativity in Woolf’s Orlando.” “Image into Identity” conference, University of Hull, UK, 14-17 September 2000.

  • Craps, Stef. “The Problematics of Historical Representation in the Work of Graham Swift.” International seminar (Netherlands Graduate School for Literary Studies in cooperation with University College London and Aarhus University) “European Literature(s), World Literature(s), and Globalization,” University of Leiden, the Netherlands, 19-23 June 2000.

  • Craps, Stef. “Gender as Performance in Woolf’s Orlando.” Annual Meeting of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium, 13 November 1999.