Stef Craps

Stef Craps


Stef Craps is a professor of English literature at Ghent University in Belgium, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, a research group that brings together scholars from across the humanities who work on issues of memory and trauma as mediated through culture. He has been a visiting professor at UCLA and has held visiting fellowships at the School of Advanced Study, University of London; Birkbeck, University of London; Columbia University; and the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts. Craps is a co-founder and the coordinator of the Mnemonics network, an international collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies, and serves on the executive committee of the Memory Studies Association. His research and teaching interests lie in twentieth-century and contemporary literature and culture, memory and trauma studies, postcolonial theory, and ecocriticism and environmental humanities. He has delivered invited presentations on these subjects at conferences and universities in many parts of the world. Craps is the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation (Sussex Academic Press, 2005), a co-author of Trauma (Routledge, 2020), and a co-editor of Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies (Berghahn, 2017). He has also (co-)edited special issues of Collateral, American Imago, Studies in the Novel, and Criticism on the decolonization of English literature, art and climate change, ecological grief, climate change fiction, transcultural Holocaust memory, and postcolonial trauma novels.