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[ecrea] CFP: Interrogating Trauma Conference

Sun Apr 27 08:58:36 GMT 2008

>Arts & Media Responses to Collective Suffering
>International Conference
>Perth, Western Australia
>2-4 December 2008
>in association with the
>National Academy of Screen & Sound, Murdoch University
>and the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture, Curtin University
>web site:
>Keynote Speakers:
>Felicity Collins
>Humanities & Social Sciences,
>La Trobe University
>Suvendrini Perera
>Media, Society and Culture,
>Curtin University
>Susannah Radstone
>Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies,
>University of East London
>Janet Walker
>Film and Media Studies,
>University of California, Santa Barbara
>     The humanities have had a long-standing interest in the social and
>cultural dimensions of human suffering caused by catastrophic events.
>Contributions made in this area by traditional disciplines such as
>philosophy, aesthetics, literature, and history have been complemented by the
>health and human sciences throughout the 20th century. Since the 1980s the
>degree of attention given by scholars in the humanities to experiences of and
>responses to such life-shattering events as incest, war, genocide, torture,
>and terror has increased at a pace described by some as "explosive". As a
>result, several interrelated, inter-disciplinary fields, such as trauma,
>memory, and genocide studies, have emerged to constitute an encompassing,
>rapidly-evolving, and hyper-productive network of studies. In the midst of
>such developments, cultural, media and film studies, as well as the creative
>arts, have also paid increasing attention to the literary, visual and
>performative engagement with human suffering and resilience.
>     As we quickly approach the second decade of the 21st century the
>historical events that constitute the ultimate referent of so much
>theoretical and creative endeavour have unfortunately not waned. It is for
>the same reason more crucial than ever to open spaces for the considered
>reflection about the potentials and limitations of myriad, sometimes
>competing, methodological approaches and modes of creative engagement with
>human pain and trauma. Interrogating Trauma seeks to provide such a space.
>Keynote speakers, panels and presenters, as well as the accompanying
>exhibition and performance of art and media works, will consider
>methodologies, orthodoxies, and openings in order to articulate strategies
>for imagining the 'beyond' of trauma through arts and media responses.
>     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. Inter-
>and trans-disciplinarity is encouraged. Traditional scholarly, ficto-critical
>and literary writing will be considered. Selected conference papers will be
>peer-reviewed for publication in a special journal issue or scholarly press
>anthology. EXHIBITION proposals of creative works that engage with the themes
>of the conference 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/s. Photography, film,
>video, new media, 2D, sculpture, installation, sound, and live performance
>works will be considered. Student works are welcome.
>     Themes include but are not limited to:
>     Apartheid, Apology, Architecture, Asia-Pacific, Art, Atrocity, Audiences,
>Bodies, Borders, Catastrophe, Child Soldiers, Cinema, Colonialism,
>Commemoration, Compensation, Conflict, Counselling, Crime, Death, Desire,
>Depression, Diasporas, Dictatorships, Disease, Documentary, Education,
>Everyday, Executions, Exile, Experimental, Exploitation, Famine, Fantasy,
>Forgiveness, Gender, Genocide, Globalisation, Grief, Havoc, Healing, History,
>Human Rights, Identities, Illness, Image, Incest, Incitement, Independence,
>Indigenes, Internet, Invasion, Journalism, Justice, Literature, Location,
>Media, Memorials, Memory, Migrants, Minorities, Museums, Music, New Media,
>NGOs, Nostalgia, Oppression, Oral Histories, Pain, People Smuggling,
>Performance, Perpetrators, Photography, Place, Politics, Post-Colonialism,
>Post-Memory, PTSD, Poverty, Power, Propaganda, Queer, Racism, Radio, Rape,
>Reception, Recognition, Reconciliation, Refugees, Reparations, Reportage,
>Representation, Repression, Resilience, Resistance, Revolt, Revolution,
>Slavery, Social Suffering, Space, Sublime, Suicide, Survivors, Television,
>Terror, Testimony, Therapy, Third World, Torture, Tourism, Translation,
>Trauma, Truth, Victims, Violence, Visual Culture, War, Witnessing,
>     Please send proposals no later than 15 May 2008 to:
>     Mick Broderick <(m.broderick /at/> or
>     Antonio Traverso <(a.traverso /at/>
>Downloadable one-page conference flier at
>> >

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
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