Ege University 16th International Cultural Studies Symposium (CSS) "NARRATIVES OF TRAUMA"

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Ege University
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Multidisciplinary academic considerations that define the field of trauma studies are currently being shaped, expanded and redefined by various theoretical openings. As Dominick LaCapra comments: “No genre or discipline owns trauma as a problem or can provide definitive boundaries for it” (Writing History, Writing Trauma 96). For Cathy Caruth, one of the central figures in cultural trauma theory in the early 1990s, trauma is a crisis of narrative and representation, and of truth and history. Trauma theory is also an attempt to trace the different forms of human suffering and our responses to it.

This conference is about the influence of trauma both on individuals and on cultures and about the necessity to share and translate such traumatic affect. By concentrating on rhetorical, semiotic and social aspects, the conference aims to focus on the phenomenon of trauma and its different manifestations and to consider the elements that may generate the aporias of trauma and offer new possibilities for survival, recovery and healing. Therefore, the goal of this conference is to challenge the recent boundaries and assumptions of the field, encouraging new approaches for trauma studies.

Since the nature of our symposium has traditionally been cross/interdisciplinary, research and studies from all disciplines in the social sciences along with relevant applied sciences are invited. Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings book. We welcome proposals for individual papers, entire sessions, presentations, performances, films, roundtables, workshops, conversations or alternative formats, and topical issues including but not limited to the suggested topics listed below.


  • Individual and collective trauma
  • Writing trauma
  • The unrepresentable
  • Silence and trauma
  • Love and death
  • Self and trauma
  • Trauma and family
  • Autobiographies, life writings, memoirs
  • Post-memory, post-trauma
  • Representations of trauma
  • Ethics of trauma narratives
  • Post 9/11
  • Social and cultural dimensions of trauma
  • Recovery and healing
  • Post-human
  • Disruption and reorientation of consciousness
  • Gothic and trauma
  • Trauma and psychology
  • Exile, dislocation and trauma
  • Trauma and discourse
  • Loss, mourning, ritual
  • Trauma and history/ war/ nation
  • Climate change, cli-fi, eco-phobia, anthropocene
  • Trauma and science fiction
  • Survival literature

Deadline for 250-word proposals (as abstracts): January 31, 2017

Please e-mail your proposal and a short BIO (100 words) to:
Symposium Website:
Assist. Prof. Dr. Aylin Atilla
Symposium Coordinator
Ege University, Faculty of Letters
Department of English Language and Literature
Bornova, Izmir, TURKEY
Phone: +90 232 311 5074 Fax: +90 232 388 1102
ORGANIZERS: Ege University, Department of English Language and Literature and Department of American Culture and Literature.