Tropes of haunting are drawn upon in cultures negotiating the psychic and socio-political aftermath of violent conflict, to represent a sense of disrupted time and the eruption of the unresolved past into the present and future. Such tropes also focus attention on the spatial and embodied dimensions of these disturbances, on their manifestation in specific spaces and sites of violence, and on interactions between post-conflict geographies, histories, identities and memories.
This studentship will explore representations of haunting (in literature, art, film, historical narrative, testimony,etc), in relation to practices that engage with these temporal disjunctions and spatial legacies (whether artistic, memorial, political, judicial, scholarly) and to everyday experiences in post-conflict cultures. Drawing upon multiple disciplinary fields - which might include literary analysis art, visual and film studies; history; cultural memory; cultural/social anthropology; trauma studies; psychoanalysis; conflict transformation - to construct an appropriate interdisciplinary framework. This project will focus on one (or more) of the following contexts: South Africa, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and North Africa, Cuba, Latin America; though other contexts will be considered.
School: School of Humanities
Campus: Grand Parade, Brighton campus