1st Global Conference Trauma - Theory and Practice

Venue: Prague

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Mar 14, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 14, 2011
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1st Global Conference Trauma - Theory and Practice Monday 14th March – Wednesday 16th March 2011 Prague, Czech Republic Call for Papers 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 proposa