TWB members,
For a specific group on performance and trauma contact
Katherine Nigh: 


1st Global Conference: Trauma  Theory and Practice Call for Papers

Call for Papers:

Monday 14th March  Wednesday 16th March 2011
Prague, Czech Republic


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 ³culture of trauma². 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
~ 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
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
proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st October
2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where
appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft
paper should be submitted by Friday 4th February 2011. Abstracts should be
submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word,
WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e)
body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and
any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or
underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals
submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume
we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We
suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Colette Balmain <>
Hub Leader (Horror), Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Independent Scholar
United Kingdom

Rob Fisher <>
Network Founder and Network Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK

The conference is part of the ŒAt the Interface¹ programme of research
projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible
for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for
development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s) or for inclusion
in the Perspectives on Evil journal (relaunching 2011).
Style Sheets
In preparing your papers, please pay strict attention to the following style
* Download Oxford Style Sheet  v7 (pdf)
* Download Oxford Reference Style Sheet 2 (pdf)
* Download Template document (Word)