CALL FOR PAPERS
Multidisciplinary academic considerations that define the field of trauma studies are currently being shaped, expanded and redefined by various theoretical openings. As Dominick LaCapra comments: “No genre or discipline owns trauma as a problem or can provide definitive boundaries for it” (Writing History, Writing Trauma 96). For Cathy Caruth, one of the central figures in cultural trauma theory in the early 1990s, trauma is a crisis of narrative and representation, and of truth and history. Trauma theory is also an attempt to trace the different forms of human suffering and our responses to it.
This conference is about the influence of trauma both on individuals and on cultures and about the necessity to share and translate such traumatic affect. By concentrating on rhetorical, semiotic and social aspects, the conference aims to focus on the phenomenon of trauma and its different manifestations and to consider the elements that may generate the aporias of trauma and offer new possibilities for survival, recovery and healing. Therefore, the goal of this conference is to challenge the recent boundaries and assumptions of the field, encouraging new approaches for trauma studies.
Since the nature of our symposium has traditionally been cross/interdisciplinary, research and studies from all disciplines in the social sciences along with relevant applied sciences are invited. Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings book. We welcome proposals for individual papers, entire sessions, presentations, performances, films, roundtables, workshops, conversations or alternative formats, and topical issues including but not limited to the suggested topics listed below.
Individual and collective trauma
Silence and trauma
Love and death
Self and trauma
Trauma and family
Autobiographies, life writings, memoirs
Representations of trauma
Ethics of trauma narratives
Social and cultural dimensions of trauma
Recovery and healing
Disruption and reorientation of consciousness
Gothic and trauma
Trauma and psychology
Exile, dislocation and trauma
Trauma and discourse
Loss, mourning, ritual
Trauma and history/ war/ nation
Climate change, cli-fi, eco-phobia, anthropocene
Trauma and science fiction
Deadline for 250-word proposals (as abstracts): December 30, 2016
Assist. Prof. Dr. Aylin Atilla
Ege University, Faculty of Letters
Department of English Language and Literature
Bornova, Izmir, TURKEY
Phone: +90 232 311 5074 Fax: +90 232 388 1102
ORGANIZERS: Ege University, Department of English Language and Literature and Department of American Culture and Literature.