24 April 2008

CFP - Interrogating Trauma: Arts and Media Responses to Collective Suffering (Perth, WA; 2-4 Dec 2008) Deadline: 15 May 2008

CFP - Interrogating Trauma: Arts & Media Responses to Collective Suffering
International Conference

Perth, Western Australia

2-4 December 2008

in association with Murdoch University and Curtin University

  • Felicity Collins, Humanities & Social Sciences, La Trobe University
  • Susannah Radstone, Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London
  • Suvendrini Perera, Media, Society and Culture, Curtin University
  • Janet Walker, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Since the late 1980s notions of trauma have become increasingly relevant to scholars in the humanities interested in the social and cultural dimensions of human suffering caused by catastrophic events. Trauma studies emerged as a vast, dynamic and productive interdisciplinary field concerned with experiences and responses to such life-shattering events as incest, war, genocide, torture, and terror. But has trauma studies exhausted its own methodological possibilities? Or, is it the case that psycho-medico trauma theories in isolation may limit the understanding of processes that also involve socio-cultural structures and forces? The critical debate surrounding the ‘orthodoxies’ of trauma theory and its application and appropriation within the humanities now requires considered reflection. This is especially relevant to the fields of creative arts, cultural and media studies, which have frequently engaged with the literary, visual and performative representation of human suffering and resilience. Interrogating Trauma will provide a space for such a reflection.

Keynote speakers, panels and presenters, as well the accompanying exhibition and performance of art and media works, will consider these methodologies and orthodoxies in order to articulate strategies for moving ‘beyond’ or ‘post’ trauma.

Panel and Individual Paper proposals are invited with an abstract of no more than 250 words, plus a one-paragraph biography of the author/s. Selected conference papers will be peer-reviewed for publication in a special journal issue or scholarly press anthology. Scholarly, ficto-critical and literary writing will be considered.

Accompanying the conference will be an Exhibition of creative works that engage with the themes of the conference (student works are welcome). Exhibition and performance proposals should contain a brief artist statement and description of the work, including its format and duration or size, of no more than 250 words, plus a one-paragraph biography of the artist.

Please send proposals no later than 15 May to: Mick Broderick (m.broderick@murdoch.edu.au) or Antonio Traverso (a.traverso@curtin.edu.au).

Conference website: http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/nass/nass_conf_fest_trauma.htm