UPDATE: Cross-Cultural Explorations of Trauma (10/10/06; NEMLA, 3/1/06-3/4/06)

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New Deadline for "Cross Cultural Explorations of Trauma" at the North
East MLA, Baltimore March 1-4.

Despite Cathy Caruth's claim in her landmark collection "Trauma:
Explorations in Memory" that "trauma itself may provide the very link
between cultures," trauma has been infrequently explored from
cross-cultural and non-Western perspectives. This panel seeks to examine
the relationship between trauma and culture, to explore and possibly
critique the Eurocentric perspective of trauma studies, and to
investigate the manner in which trauma reinvigorates psychoanalysis with
the work of cultural critique.

Paper topics might consider the following questions:

How does culture theorize trauma? Do different cultures and histories
require different theories? What are the ethical problems involved in
using European-originated theories for non-European or postcolonial
traumatic histories? What are the ethics of cross-cultural comparisons
of trauma?

Send abstracts (about 200 words) to Dean Franco by Oct. 10th:

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