Board of Directors

gunntmemoryDr Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir (Director, University of Iceland) is a Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland. She holds a PhD from the University of London and her main research interests are in the field of life writing and memory studies. Her book Borderlines: Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern Life Writing from 2003 was well received and she is currently working on a book on the role of forgetting in life writing. Recent publications include “Writers‘ Lives: The Modernist Group and Questions of Identity in Autobiographical Writing”, Life Writing in Europe, eds. Alfred Hornung, Anneke Ribberink, Monica Soeting & Marijke Huisman, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag 2011, “Fake Autobiography and Postmemory: The Aftermath of the Wilkomirski Scandal”, Life Writing: The Spirit of the Age and the Sate of the Art, eds. Meg Jensen and Jane Jordan, London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. She is on the Management committee for a COST action “In search of transcultural memory in Europe“. She is a member of the British Comparative Literature Association and International Auto/Biography Association (Europe).

neijmannmemoryDr Daisy Neijmann (University of Iceland) holds a Ph.D from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and was Assistant- Professor in Icelandic-Canadian Studies at the University of Manitoba for five years, Canada, and Halldór Laxness Lecturer, later Reader, in Icelandic language and literature at University College London for twelve years. She has been teaching at the University of Iceland since 2011, and has been researching memory and trauma in relation to literature of war and occupation. She has also been involved in a research project with Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir on memory and forgetting. Recent publications include: “’A Fabulous Potency’: Masculinity in Icelandic War Literature.” Men at War: Masculininies, Identities, Cultures. Eds. S.P. McVeigh og N. Cooper. London: Routledge [forthcoming 2012], “’Hringsól um dulinn kjarna.’ Minni og gleymska í þríleik Ólafs Jóhanns Sigurðssonar. ” Ritið, Spring 2012, and “’Óboðinn gestur: Fyrstu birtingarmyndir hernámsins í íslenskum skáldsögum.” Skírnir 185 (Spring 2011): 64-88.

crowleymemoryDr Patrick Crowley (University College Cork) BA, HDipEd (NUI), MA (NUI), DEA (Lille), PhD (London), Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The primary focus of his research is on literary form, its construction and its destabilization within modern French literature and francophone postcolonial studies. His book, Pierre Michon: The Afterlife of Names (2007), examines the place of canonical writers and avant-garde French thinkers in the work of the contemporary French writer Pierre Michon. In 2011 he completed two co-edited volumes: Mediterranean Travels: Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society and Postcolonial Poetics: Genre and Form. In the same year he was appointed General Editor of the Irish Journal of French Studies. He is a member of the UNESCO International Sponsoring Committee ‘Tagore, Neruda et Césaire: Vers un universel réconcilié’. At present he is a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow awarded for the project ‘Algeria: Nation and Transnationalism 1988-2010’.

Advisory board

  • Dr Jón Karl Helgason (University of Iceland)
  • Dr Ólafur Rastrick (University of Iceland)
  • Dr Valur Ingimundarson (University of Iceland)
  • Dr Irma Erlingsdóttir (University of Iceland)
  • Dr Alexander Dessingue (University of Stavanger)
  • Dr Claire Boyle (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Susannah Radstone (University of South Australia)
  • Dr Meg Jensen (Kingston University)
  • Dr Julie Hansen (University of Uppsala)
  • Dr Paul Bijl (University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr Fiounnala Dillane (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Gerardine Meany (University College Dublin)
  • Dr Paco Ferrandiz (Spanish National Research Council, Madrid)