CFP: Memory, Trauma and Recovery

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InMind Support, a Polish interdisciplinary conference organization, is calling for submissions for its upcoming online conference, Memory, Trauma and Recovery. Submissions are due by August 29, 2021. Acceptances will be confirmed by September 1, 2021.

The conference organizers would like to concentrate on the phenomena of trauma and recovery, to look at how memory is involved in the traumatic experience and the recovery process and explore among other questions what one remembers and forgets, what causes suffering and how to deal with it.

The organizers are interested in all aspects of traumatic experiences, in their individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world. They would like to examine the role of memory in both falling into trauma and overcoming it. 

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

The topics for the conference include but are not limited to the following suggestions:

I. Individual experiences
– Trauma and childhood memories
– Trauma and child abuse
– Trauma and women abuse
– Trauma and domestic violence
– Trauma and old age
– Trauma and love
– Trauma and death
– Trauma and mourning
– Trauma and crime
– Post-traumatic stress disorder
– Trauma and nightmares
– Trauma and neurosis
– Trauma and psychosis
– Secondary traumatization
– Life after trauma
– Trauma and psychotherapy
– Help for traumatized people

II. Collective experiences
– Trauma and war
– Trauma and genocide
– Trauma and terrorism
– Trauma and natural disasters
– Trauma and post-memory
– Traumatized nations
– Traumatized minorities
– Traumatized generations
– Traumatized social classes
– Trauma of victims
– Trauma of witnesses
– Trauma of bystanders
– Trauma of perpetrators
– Trauma and oblivion
– Trauma and forgiveness

III. Representation of trauma
– Bearing witness to trauma
– Testimonies and memories
– Trauma and narrative
– Trauma and fiction
– Trauma in literature
– Trauma in film
– Trauma in theatre
– Trauma in visual arts
– Traumatized authors
– Traumatized readers/spectators
– Writing as a traumatic experience
– Writing as recovery from trauma
– Trauma and creativeness

IV. Institutionalization
– Trauma and law
– Trauma and politics
– Trauma and religion
– Trauma and medical treatment
– Trauma and management
– Trauma and punishment systems
– Trauma and army
– Trauma and school
– Trauma and memory places
– Trauma and museums

Organizers are happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. They also invite anyone interested in participating in the conference as a listener, without giving a presentation.

Submit abstracts no longer than 300 words of the proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note to [email protected] or by registration form.

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