Dreams and Atrocity symposium

The Dreams and Atrocity symposium is a two-day interdisciplinary event that aims to explore diverse representations and theorisations of dreams through the lens of specific moments of historical atrocity. The symposium seeks to bring together postgraduate students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, history, memory studies, postcolonial studies, animal studies, philosophy, gender and cultural studies. In addition to engaging interactively with panel presentations, participants will contribute to discussion about how traumatic dreams/the dreamlike have come to be represented in contemporary art and film during our Q&A discussion with Asel Kadyrkhanova.

The event comprises 6 panels relating to different moments of historical atrocity that have either been represented or theorised in contemporary literature, art and cultural production. It also includes a keynote by Prof. Max Silverman on ‘Dreams, Trauma and Screen Memory’ and a screening of Asel Kadyrkhanova’s short animation film ‘All the Dreams we Dream’ (2019).

Please see the provisional programme below.

Day 1:
11:30-11:50 Registration with coffee
11:50-12:00 Welcome and introduction
12:00-13:00 Keynote Prof Max Silverman
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Panel 1 – Holocaust
15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-17:00 Panel 2 – Colonialism
17:00-18:00 Wine reception
18:15 Conference dinner

Day 2:
9:00-9:30 Coffee
9:30-11:00 Panel 3 -War
11:00-11:15 Coffee
11:15-12:15 Film screening
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Panel 4 – Eccocide and extinction
14:15-14:30 Coffee
14:30-16:00 Panel 5 – Memory
16:00-16:15 Coffee
16:15-17:15 Panel 6 – Milan Kundera
17:15-17:30 Closing remarks


£ 867

Lead Student

Emily Rose Baker, School of English, University of Sheffield

Other student organisers

Diane Otosaka, University of Leeds Michael Holden, University of York