20-23 August 2012
University of Lincoln, UK
Since 9/11 and the so called ‘terror attacks’, questions surrounding the nature of traumatic experience and how that experience may be presented/represented have dominated the Humanities. This has led to a range of critical works which have attempted to evaluate the parameters of memory, testimony and the ethics of witnessing on both an individual and a collective level. Trauma theories exist at the intersection of disciplines such as psychology, history, cultural and media studies and the dramatic arts. More recently this inter-disciplinarity has led to a growing area known as the ‘Medical Humanities’ in which literary and cultural theorists work alongside practitioners and clinicians involved in furthering insights into psychiatric conditions such as bi-polar disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia. Trauma theory is therefore at the forefront of contemporary debates about human subjectivity and experience, but also locates such discourses within historical and political contexts and agendas.
Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Cathy Caruth (Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History, Trauma: Explorations in Memory, Traumatic Departures: Survival and History in Freud ) and Kali Tal (Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma, Women in Particular: An Index to American Women).
It is envisaged that selected papers will be published in a collected volume originating from this conference.
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