CFP: Trauma & Practice (Global Conference)

Call for Papers: 1st Global Conference Trauma – Theory and Practice (Monday 14th March – Wednesday 16th March 2011, Prague, Czech Republic)

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding individual and collective trauma, both in terms of practice, theory and lived reality. Trauma studies have emerged from its foundation in psychoanalysis to be a dominant methodology for understanding contemporary events and our reactions to them. Critics have argued that we live in a “culture of trauma”. Repeated images of suffering and death form our collective and/or cultural unconscious. This inaugural conference seeks in particular to explore the relation between trauma, memory and identity, both national and collective.

In addition to academic analysis, we welcome the submission of case studies or other approaches from those involved with its practice, such as people in the medical profession and therapists, victims of events which have resulted in traumas on either an individual or mass scale, journalists or authors of fiction whose work deals with trauma.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Public and Political Trauma

  • ~ War and trauma, for example the Holocaust; the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and ongoing conflicts, such as the Iraq War and the situation in Afghanistan
  • ~ Public disasters and trauma, e.g. responses to the Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters; school shootings; September 11th
  • ~ Disease, public health and trauma – aids, swine flu, and fears of contagion

2. Personal and Individual Trauma

  • ~ Bereavement
  • ~ Murder and Assault
  • ~ Domestic Violence
  • ~ Child Abuse
  • ~ Survivor guilt
  • ~ Disability

3. Diagnosing and Treating Trauma

  • ~ Psychotherapy, cognitive psychology and other psychological approaches to treating victims of trauma
  • ~ Psychiatry
  • ~ Other medical approaches
  • ~ Non-medical approaches, for example, narrative approaches, music, art

4. Theorising Trauma

  • ~ Trauma and post colonialism
  • ~ Memory and trauma
  • ~ National identity and trauma
  • ~ Trauma studies and psychoanalysis
  • ~ Individual versus Collective trauma
  • ~ Cultural trauma
  • ~ Gender and trauma
  • ~ The body and trauma
  • ~ External and internal trauma

5. Representing Trauma

  • ~ Affect, trauma and art
  • ~ Dramatizing trauma on screen and on stage
  • ~ Media images: reality and fiction
  • ~ Literature and poetry
  • ~ Video games, violence and trauma
  • ~ Technology and trauma
  • ~ Reporting on trauma
  • ~ The aesthetics and experience of trauma
  • ~ Fear, horror and trauma
  • ~ Otherness and trauma

The Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st October 2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th February 2011.

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend. Organising Chairs: Colette Balmain, Hub Leader (Horror), Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Independent Scholar, United Kingdom, E-mail:  Rob Fisher, Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK E-mail:  The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).


CFP: Global Health, Year of Nurse (ΣΘΤ)

Global Health and the International Year of the Nurse, Sigma Theta Tau International, Region 15 Fall Meeting, October 16, 2010, Saint Anselm College at N.H. Institute of Politics 9-3 pm

Program Objectives

  1. Recognize the commitment of the profession of nursing in promoting health in our communities, locally and globally.
  2. Gain insight in regard to the accomplishments of our peers in their initiatives towards global health.

A one page single spaced abstract will be accepted by email only. Please submit the abstract as two pages; one with title, your complete name and affiliation and one with just abstract title and no author information. Abstracts should include: purpose, rational and significance, methodology, sample, findings, and recommendations for future research. Use headings for each section. Also submit the biographical data form and the CEU objective form. These are required whether you are requesting consideration for a paper or a poster presentation. Posters wills be free standing with tables provided for display. Complete abstracts, biographical data and CEU forms will be accepted from June 1, 2010 through September 7, 2010 and all submitters will be notified of outcome by September 14, 2010. If accepted, the presenter MUST register for the conference and pay all appropriate fees including travel costs.

Submit all materials to:  with REGION 15 in subject line

Joint Authorship

Inside Higher Ed‘s columnist Eszter Hargittai (Northwestern University) offers “The Case for Collaboration.”

Joint authorship, either at the data-gathering or at the data-analysis stage, offers the graduate student or junior colleague an opportunity to be coached through the research, writing, and publication processes.

Hargittai offers advice on how to make this partnership successful.


Do you have products from community-based participatory research, service-learning or other community-engaged projects focused on immigrant and refugee health that are in forms other than journal articles? is an online mechanism for peer-reviewing, publishing and disseminating diverse products of community-engaged scholarship (CES). The results of CES are often disseminated through diverse products that are accessible and useful to community members and policy makers, such as photovoice exhibits, policy briefs, educational videos and podcasts. CES also often leads to the development of tools that can assist others in implementing or adapting the project in their communities, such as assessment instruments, instructional manuals and patient education materials. is publishing a set of diverse products of community-engaged scholarship in immigrant and refugee health in Spring 2011. Submissions are due December 1, 2010 and involve completing an online application and uploading the product or providing a link to it. Products in English from anywhere in the world will be considered.

NSF Grand Challenges

As part of its long-term strategic planning effort, the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) invites researchers to submit brief papers (up to 2000 words) describing grand challenges for the SBE fields over the next 10-20 years. The SBE Directorate funds the bulk of psychological research within NSF. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010. For full announcement see:

CFP: Health Rights, Global Perspective

Health Rights in Global Historical Perspective: Call For Papers (Conference at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK, 17-18 February 2011)

The idea that individuals have rights within the context of health has deep roots. The right to health was amongst the ‘rights of man’ established during the French Revolution and patients’ rights and doctors’ duties were of concern in places such as England from the eighteenth century onwards. Rights to health care became incorporated within European welfare states during the twentieth century but, as more recent debates over health care in the USA demonstrate, rights and health remain disputed territory. This conference aims to explore the understanding and application of the notion of rights to health within different historical and geographical settings. Themes to be addressed include (but are not restricted to):

  • – Changing conceptions of health rights across time and space
  • – The health rights of different population groups (e.g. women, ethnic minorities, migrants)
  • – The health rights of different disease sufferers (e.g. mental illness, communicable disease)
  • – Different types of health rights (e.g. reproductive rights, rights to life/death, right to consent, right to complain)
  • – The construction of different health issues as (human) rights problems (e.g. access to medicines, women’s rights to reproductive health)
  • – Health rights & the law
  • – Health rights & the market place
  • – Health rights & the state
  • – Health rights & international organisations (e.g. WHO, United Nations)
  • – Health rights & access to health care
  • – Health rights & civil society (e.g. patient associations, international/national/local NGOs, information and protest campaigns)
  • – The expertise and techniques of health rights (e.g. monitoring/reporting, campaigning, networks of experts and activists)

Proposals are invited that address the themes of the conference in any historical period and geographical context. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes in length. Please submit paper proposals, including a 300 word abstract and speakers’ contact details to  by 1 October 2010.

Rockquemore: Assess and Adjust

In the final installment of her summer series on professional academic writing in Inside Higher Ed, Kerry Ann Rockquemore summarizes the main points of the ten-week series and advises readers to assess their summer progress:

  • What goals did (and did not) get accomplished this summer?
  • How consistent have I been in my daily writing routine?
  • When, where and how did my resistance flare up?
  • Was my support system effective and if not, why?
  • How do I feel about my answers to the previous questions?
  • What worked and what didn’t work?

She advises to take time now to rework your writing plan, adjusting it according to the answers you arrive at for the previous questions. Among other things, reconnect with your professional mentors.

Even if you made no apparent progress on your writing goals this past summer, taking time now to assess why that is the case is a valuable and productive effort.

The article, “Assess and Adjust,” is available on line.