BAAS Conference at Leicester

BAAS conference at Leicester today – ‘Memory: America Past, Present and Future’. A jam packed day with fascinating papers and an excellent keynote speaker in Brian Ward. Lots of food for thought but I was particularly intrigued by the idea of a collective traumatic memory that can resurface in place setting with literature as Dan Mattingly from Swansea University discussed in “What’s Memory?” – Understanding America’s Problematic Relationship with the ‘Ordeal of Memory’ in the Novels of Jonathan Franzen.

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