The University’s Center for the Study of War and Memory and the Gender Studies Program will present the War, Memory and Gender Conference March 27-29 at the History Museum of Mobile. The conference will focus on the increase of scholarly interest in the subject of war and gender as well as the study of collective or cultural memory, especially in connection with armed conflict.
Dr. Jennifer Haytock, professor and chair of the department of English at the State University of New York at Brockport, will be the keynote speaker with “Memory, Trauma, and Gendered Identity in Literature of the Iraq War.” The address will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 27.
Haytock’s teaching and creative interests include 20th Century American literature, modernism, women’s literature, American war literature, literature and culture of the Jazz Age, literature of the 1930s and the novel. Her extensive publications include the books “At Home, At War: Domesticity and World War I in American Literature,” “Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism” and “The Middle Class in the Great Depression: Popular Women Writers of the Great Depression.” She is beginning a project on literature of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This semester, she is teaching a course on “Soldiers, Identity, and Trauma” that focuses on literature of recent American wars and trauma studies.
Haytock received her bachelor of arts degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She earned a master of art degree and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Panel discussions will include topics such as “Fashioning Representations of War,” “Narratives, Grief and 21st Century Warfare,” “WWII and Memory,” “Gender Commemoration and Agency,” “Visual Art and Memory,” “Masculinity and Film,” “Fascism and Memory” and “WWI and Memory.” There will also be a showing of the film “Hidden Warriors: Women on the Ho Chi Minh Trail” at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 28. It will be followed by a roundtable discussion, “Veterans Remember.”
Conference co-organizers are Dr. Steven Trout, chair of the department of English and director of the Center for the Study of War and Memory; and Dr. Martha Jane Brazy, associate professor of history. The conference poster was designed by Diane Gibbs, associate professor of art and art history.
All conference sessions and presentations are free to all USA students, staff and faculty.
For more information on the conference, visit http://www.southalabama.edu/english/conferences/wmg/index.html.