>From: Peter Davies <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Trauma Stories: Memory and Representation in the
>Humanities and the Sciences
>Trauma Stories: Memory and Representation in the Humanities and the Sciences
>Call for papers
>Interdisciplinary conference, 2-4 September 2009, New College,
>University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
>The aim is to identify and, where necessary, question disciplinary
>assumptions about trauma and memory and their representation in a
>variety of subjects by encouraging cross-disciplinary exchange.
>Within the Humanities and Sciences there exist very diverging
>understandings of what constitutes 'trauma' and the validity of
>'memory'. We are interested in hearing about the different 'stories'
>of trauma and memory that emerge in specific subjects and
>disciplines. The concept of 'trauma stories' is thus deliberately
>paradoxical and challenges assumptions concerning the idea that
>trauma, as an event that is external to the individual affected by
>it, cannot be narrated or represented in language.
>The idea that memories of trauma transfer from the individual to the
>collective level has enjoyed wide currency in the Humanities
>recently, particularly in theories concerning the inexplicability of
>historical and natural disasters, and it is often underpinned by
>powerful ideological claims. How do such theories harmonise with the
>evidence from psychology and cognitive neuroscience that show
>traumatic memories, as expressed by the individual, are often highly
>inaccurate? One main question thus concerns the distinctive
>'stories' that different disciplines ?tell? in order to establish a
>traumatic object of
>In our cross-disciplinary context, the concept of the 'story' thus
>goes beyond the fictional tale to encompass disciplinary
>representation generally. What do literary scholars, psychologists,
>historians mean when they speak about 'trauma' and 'memory'?
>Where does their understanding of the object of enquiry most
>converge / diverge?
>Paper proposals are welcomed which address critically the
>representation of trauma and/or memory in a particular discipline or
>across disciplinary boundaries, or which problematise or identify
>controversial areas in the representation of trauma and/or memory.
>Studies of individual authors/theorists/texts are also welcome if
>they address the issues in question.
>List of disciplines (non-exhaustive):
>Human Cognitive Neuroscience
>Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words and a 100-word bio
>by 31 January 2009 to
>[log in to unmask] Panel proposals are also welcome.
>Mary Cosgrove (German Studies, University of Edinburgh)
>Peter Davies (German Studies, University of Edinburgh)
>Hannah Holtschneider (Jewish Studies, University of Edinburgh)
>Linda Tym (English Literature, University of Edinburgh)
>Kamran Rastegar (Islamic Studies, University of Edinburgh)
>Dr Peter Davies
>School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
>University of Edinburgh
>David Hume Tower
>Email: [log in to unmask]
>Visit the website at http://tmredbg.wordpress.com/conference-2009/
>The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
>Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
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