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Radstone, Susannah

Contact details

Position: Professor

Location: EB.2.25, Docklands

Telephone: 0208 223 2751


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School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
University of East London
Docklands Campus
University Way
London E16 2RD

Brief biography

After completing a PhD (Film and Literature) titled 'The Women's Room: Women and the Confessional Mode' at the University of Warwick and a period teaching film and literature at Keele University, I arrived back at UEL, where I did my undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies, in 1994. I lecture in film, media, cultural studies and memory studies at undergraduate and masters level, have had a number of roles in the research management of the School, and supervise PhDs.

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Activities and responsibilities

Associate Research Leader

Staff Mentoring Coordinator

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Areas of Interest/Summary of Expertise

Humanities memory research; memory in national contexts; critical trauma studies; psychoanalytic cultural theory, particularly Laplanche; film, literature and the historical imagination; memory, heritage and the politics of the past.

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Teaching: Programmes

  • Film Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • History

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Teaching: Modules

  • MS 3407 Film and Memory
  • CCM 008 'Memory, Heritage and the Politics of the Past
  • MS 2404 Reading Film
  • CC3404 History and Memory
  • MS 3000 Dissertation

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Current research and publications

I'm currently completing a book titled 'Getting Over Trauma: New Perspectives in Memory and Culture', developing an international research project on memory in national contexts and co-writing the Oxford Online Bibliography entry on trauma and media.

I have supervised many PhDs and welcome applications in any of my research areas.

Forthcoming Publications

  • Radstone, S. 'Telling Memory's Story: Memory studies from the Past to the Future', in Mitchell, S.  and Strong-Wilson, T. (eds) Back to the Future: Productive Remembering in Changing Times, Transaction Publications.
  •  Radstone, S. and Walker, J. 'Trauma Theory'. Oxford Bibliographies Online.
  • Arnold de-Simine, S and Radstone, S. 'The GDR and the Memory Debate'. in  Pinfold, D.  and Saunders, A. (eds), After the Wall: Remembering and Re-Thinking the GDR. London: Palgrave.


  • Radstone, S and Schwarz, B. (eds) (2010) Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. NY: Fordham University Press,
  • Radstone, S. (2007) The Sexual Politics of Time: Confession, Nostalgia, Memory. NY and London: Routledge.
  • Radstone, S. 'What place is this? Transcultural Memory and the Locations ofMemory Studies', Parallax, vol. 17, no. 4, pps 109–123.
  • Radstone, S. (2010) 'Nostalgia: Homecomings and Departures', Memory Studies 3:3, pps 187-191.
  •  Radstone, S. (2010) 'Caché: Or What the Past Hides', Continuum 24.1 (February 2010):, pps 17-29. [Re-printed in Broderick, M. and  Traverso, A. (eds) Interrogating Trauma, Routledge, 2010.

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Research archive


  • 6, Perri,  Radstone, S. Squire, Corinne and Treache, Amal (eds) (2007)) Public Emotions. London: Palgrave, pps. 254.
  • Bainbridge, C. Radstone, S. Rustin, M. and Yates, C. (eds) (2007) Culture and the Unconscious, London, Palgrave, pps. 258.
  • Hodgkin, K. and Radstone, S. (eds) (2005) Memory, History, Nation: The Politics of Memory. Piscatawny, US: Transaction, pps. 279.  (US paperback edition). Originally published as [(2003) Contested Pasts: The Politics of Memory, London: Routledge Studies in Memory and Narrative; 264pp.
  • Radstone, S. and  Hodgkin, K. (eds) (2005) Memory Cultures: Subjectivity, Recognition and Memory. Piscatawny, US: Transaction; 224pp.  (US paperback edition) Originally published as [(2003) Regimes  of Memory, London: Routledge Studies in Memory and Narrative;  224pp.
  •  Radstone, S. ed. (2000) Memory and Methodology. Oxford and New York: Berg, pps. 228.
  • Kuhn, A. and Radstone, S. (eds) (1990) The Women’s Companion To International Film. London: Virago Press and New York: University of California Press, 464pp.
  • Radstone, S. (ed) (1988) Sweet Dreams: Sexuality, Gender and Popular Fiction. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 192pp.

Refereed essays        

  • Radstone, S. (2008) ‘Memory Studies: For and Against’, Journal of Memory Studies 1.1 (July 2008), pps. 187-91.
  • Radstone, S.  (2007) ‘Trauma Theory: Contexts, Politics, Ethics’, Paragraph 30:1, pps. 9-29. Re-printed in Martin Modlinger and Philipp Sonntag (eds) (2011) Other People's Pain: Narratives of Trauma and the Question of Ethics, Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Radstone, S. (2005)  ‘Re-thinking Memory: An Introduction’ (with Katharine Hodgkin), in Hodgkin, K. and Radstone, S. (eds)  ‘Rethinking Memory’, Special Feature, History Workshop Journal 59, pps. 129-33.
  • Radstone, S. (2005) ‘Reconceiving Binaries: The Limits of Memory’, in ‘Rethinking Memory’, Special Feature, History Workshop Journal 59, pps134-150.
  • [Reprinted in Burke, L. and Gartside, S. (eds) (2010) The Politics of Cultural Memory, Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • [Reprinted in Stephanides, S. (ed),  (2007) Cultures of Memory/Memories of Culture, University of Nicosia Press.
  • Radstone, S. (2004)  ‘Transforming Politics: ‘Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds’, review article, New Formations 52, pps 132-6.
  • Radstone, S. (2002) ‘The War of the Fathers: Trauma, Fantasy and September 11’, Signs 28.1, pps. 457-459.
  • Radstone, S. (ed)  (2001)  Special Debate: Trauma and Screen Studies (ed), Screen 42.2.
  • Radstone, S. (2001) ‘Trauma and Screen Studies: Opening the Debate’, Screen 42.2, pps. 188-193.
  • Radstone, S. (2001) ‘Social Bonds and Psychical Order: Testimonies’, Cultural Values 5.1, pps. 59-78.
  • [Reprinted in Ball, K. (ed)  (2007) Traumatizing Theory: The Cultural Politics of Affect In and Beyond Psychoanalysis, NY: The Other Press, 2007.]
  •  Radstone, S. (1996)  ‘Heroes For Our Times’, Soundings 3, pps. 191-208.
  • Radstone, S. ‘Cinema/Memory/History: Masculinity Remembers Itself’, Screen 36.1, pps. 34-47.
  • [Translated as 'Kino, pamięć/historia' in Iwony Kurz (ed) mFilm i historia, Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu: Warszawskiego, 2008.]
  • Radstone, S. (1993) ‘Remembering Medea: The Uses of Nostalgia’, Critical Quarterly 35.3, pps. 54-63.
  • Radstone, S. (1992) ‘Postcard From the Edge’, Feminist Review 40, pps 85-93. [Reprinted in Kemp, S.  and Squires, J. (eds) (1997)  Feminisms, Oxford Reader, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 104-108.

Book Chapters

  • Radstone, S. (2007) ‘Trauma Theory: Contexts, Politics, Ethics’, in Martin Modlinger and Philipp Sontagg (eds) Other Peoples' Pain: Narratives of Trauma and the Question of Ethics, Peter Lang. [Revised version of essay first published in Paragraph 30:1 (2007).]
  • Radstone, S. (2007) ‘Theory and Affect: Undivided Worlds’, in Perri 6, Susannah Radstone, Corinne Squire and Amal Treacher,  eds. Public Emotions, London: Palgrave, pps  181-201.
  • Radstone, S. (2007) ’Clinical and Academic Psychoanalytic Criticism: Differences That Matter’, in Susannah Radstone, Caroline Bainbridge, Michael Rustin and Candida Yates, eds. Culture and the Unconscious, London: Palgrave, pps 242-253.
  • Radstone, S. (2005) ‘Cultures of Confession/Cultures of Testimony: Turning the Subject Inside Out’, in Gill,  J. ed. Modern Confessional Writing. London: Routledge,  pps 166-179.
  • Radstone, S. (2003) ‘The War of the Fathers: Trauma, Fantasy and September 11th’, in Greenberg, J. ed. Trauma at Home. Nebraska University Press,  pps 117-123.
  • Radstone, S. (2001) ‘History and Trauma: “Reviewing” Forrest Gump’, in Rossington, M. and Whitehead, A. eds. Between the Psyche and the Polis: Refiguring History in Literature and Theory. London: Ashgate,  pps 177-190.
  • Radstone, S. (2001) ‘Working with Memory: An Introduction’, in Radstone, S.  ed.  Memory and Methodology. Oxford and New York: Berg, 1-22.
  • Radstone, S. (2000) ‘Screening Trauma: Forrest Gump, Film and Memory’, in Radstone, S. ed. (2000) Memory and Methodology. Oxford and New York: Berg, pps. 79-107.
  • Radstone, S. (2000) ‘Autobiographical Times’, in Cosslett, T.  Lury, C. and  Summerfield, P. eds.  Feminism and Autobiography: Texts, Theories and Methods. London: Routledge, pps. 201-219.
  • Radstone, S. (1999) ‘Epidemics of Our Time: Trauma or Fantasy?’, Review article of Elaine Showalter’s Hystories, inDawson, G., Lacy Rogers, K and Leydesdorff, S. eds. Trauma and Life Stories, Routledge Studies in Memory and Narrative. London and New York: Routledge, pps. 245-252.
  • Radstone, S. (1995)  ‘Too Straight a Drive to the Toll-booth: Masculinity, Mortality and Al Pacino’, in Kirkham, P. and  Thumim, J. eds.  Me Jane: Masculinity and Movies. London: Lawrence and Wishart, pps. 148-165.
  • Radstone, S. (1995)  'Remembering Ourselves: Memory, Writing and the Female Self’, in Florence, P. an Reynolds, D.  eds.  Feminist Subjects, Multi-Media, Manchester: Manchester University Press. pps. 171-182.
  • Radstone, S. (1993) ‘Confessare e Ricordare. Due Modalita di Autorappresentazione Femminile’ (trans Bono), P. in  Bono, P. ed.  Questioni di Teoria Femminista,  Milan: La Tartaruga edizioni, pps. 147-155.

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Other scholarly activities

I am a Senior Visiting Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and I am on the Editorial board of  the journal Memory Studies Memory Studies  and an editor of the Memory Studies volume series (Palgrave Macmillan).  I'm a member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and a regular referee for a very extensive range of international journals and publishers.

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