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: cb@inter-disciplinary.net  Rob Fisher, Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK E-mail: ttp@inter-disciplinary.net  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).

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One Response

  1. Dear All,

    We have for years been working with Children affected by the 21 years brutal civil armed conflict in Northern Uganda that ended in 2007. Our major tools for trauma therapy, has been sports http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=15024&id=114547171923813 and the use or arts e.g. music, dance, drama and painting e.g expressive arts http://www.aymu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=107&Itemid=153

    We would be most glad if there’s anyone here with information on group trauma therapies for schools e.g. classroom activities through sport and arts.

    For details you can contact us at peacethru.sport@aymu.org

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