"The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies" April 11 & 12, 2014

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The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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"The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies: Challenging Interpretive and Theoretical Boundaries"

Graduate Student Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

April 11-12, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Stef Craps, Ghent University, author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds (2013).

Call for Papers:

The theoretical and disciplinary parameters that define the fields of trauma and memory studies are continually being expanded and redefined. As multidisciplinary fields, trauma and memory studies are currently being shaped by the theoretical turns towards the transnational, postcolonial, digital, cognitive, and affective, all of which have created the need to revisit and reassess the genealogies of the fields and their ongoing intervention in the academic and public spheres. Recent publications have explicitly addressed this concern over the futurity of trauma and memory studies, including Buelens, Durrant, & Eaglestone's The Future of Trauma Theory and Gutman, Brown, & Sodaro's Memory and the Future, as well as the roundtable discussion "Dispersal and Redemption: The Future Dynamics of Memory Studies" published in the journal Memory Studies.

The goal of this two-day graduate student conference is to weigh in on this debate, to confront and challenge the current boundaries and interpretive assumptions of the fields, and to suggest alternative directions and approaches for trauma and memory studies in the twenty-first century while giving voice to a new generation of trauma and memory scholars. We invite papers from multiple disciplines and especially those that take transdisciplinary approaches to trauma and memory, exploring areas including, but not limited to:

-the transnational and postcolonial

-affect, neuroscience, and cognition

-media and visual culture

-ecosophy and ecology

-human rights and cultures of law

-representation across mediums/media and alternative archives

-digital practices and methodologies

-memorial and commemorative practices

Submit abstracts of 250-300 words to Jessica Young (jkyoung2@illinois.edu) by January 15th, 2014. Include in the submission your name, department, email address, and university affiliation.

For more information, please visit our website: http://traumaandmemory.weebly.com/call-for-papers.html