Trauma: Writing, Image, Affect

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Meera Atkinson - Writing and Society Research Group, University of Western Sydney
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Trauma: Writing, Image, Affect

We are soliciting previously unpublished articles or essays for an edited collection on the topic of trauma in relation to writing, image and affect. Trauma theory has both widened and deepened its scope since it rose to prominence within Holocaust Studies, while the "affective turn" has produced work of significant value and considerable controversy in multiple disciplines, as well as being an emerging theory within creative practice disciplines. Trauma: Writing, Image, Affect explores the intersections between trauma and affect and the possibilities, potentials and problems of bringing these two theoretical realms together, with a particular focus on their operations in writing and image.

In April 2011 the University of Western Sydney's Writing and Society Research Group held an interdisciplinary one-day symposium titled Trauma: Writing, Art & Affect, which aimed to widen the lens for examining the generation, transmission and representation of trauma beyond that of clinical analysis and traditional trauma theory. The symposium was created to examine and embrace both critical and creative perspectives. Papers, roundtable presentations and discussion and literary readings encompassed a multi-faceted approach to trauma, from the familial to the political, from textual analysis to theories of affect.

Trauma; Writing, Image, Affect will include a selection of the work presented at the symposium to establish, question and consider connections between trauma and affect and their processes in literature, art, film, and culture, as well as the relationship between trauma, affect and creative practice. We invite further contributions in the hope of gathering diverse and international viewpoints from a variety of fields to develop an engaging dialogue within the volume.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

- Trauma or trauma and affect in literature, art, film, photography or cultural imagery
- Trauma or trauma and affect in the process of creative practice
- Trauma or trauma and affect in relation to acts of writing in political contexts
- Trauma or trauma and affect in critical work on literature, art, film or photography

Authors should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a CV with full contact information, by June 15, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted electronically in .doc format to, with ANTHOLOGY in the subject line. Submitted abstracts must be for previously unpublished work that is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors will receive notice of the outcome of their submission by June 30.