The Trouble with Memory: Cultures of Remembrance in Iceland and Ireland

A day of talks on Memory in comparative contexts Trouble with Memory image

When: Friday, 23 May 2014, 10am-5pm

Where: Humanities Institute, University College Dublin

What are the cultures of remembrance in Ireland and Iceland? Why bring these islands on the periphery into dialogue? This one-day meeting on Intercultural Memory aims to establish some contours of our related cultural histories and geographies by focussing initially on the representation of silence, time, forgetting and remembering in Iceland and Ireland. The themed sessions will offer a series of short position papers on cultures of remembrance in literature, art, music, history and society. We will explore how particular genres, forms and modes of representation at different historical moments are deeply implicated in questions of origins, ends, causation, and legacy.


  • Memory and War
  • Medieval and Folk Memory
  • Recession Memory
  • Memory and Time


Ásta Benediktsdóttir; John Brannigan; Vilborg Davidsdóttir; Sharae Deckard; Fionnuala Dillane; Éilís Ní Dhúibhne; Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir; Tony Langlois; Siobhán McDonald; Gerardine Meaney; Daisy Neijmann; Emilie Pine.

Admission is free but pre-registration is essential

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Audience participation in discussions will be encouraged in this exploratory format.

Please click on the links to download the full programme and the poster.

Supported by Humanities Institute, UCD • Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature, University of Iceland • Irish Memory Studies Network • College of Arts and Celtic Studies, UCD • School of English, Drama and Film, UCD