War, Trauma, and Healing

deadline for submissions: 
November 18, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English / Christianity and Literature Study Group
contact email: 


Jointly-sponsored panel

Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
Christianity and Literature Study Group


Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences

Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

May 27-June 2 2017


War, Trauma, and Healing


The centenary of the battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I and the sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation are significant historical events in 2017, providing an opportunity to reflect critically upon the daily reality of war in an ever-shrinking world. In the light of these anniversaries, this panel welcomes papers on the image, idea, and reality of war, the trauma it produces, and the possibility of healing, specifically as enacted through creative textual expression in multiple forms and genres.  Papers could address the idea, metaphor, and reality of war as engaged by texts: its intersection of spiritual and physical, of idealized principle and economic and political imperatives; the meaning and impact of orchestrated violence; or different forms of and purposes for warfare, both literal and metaphorical, physical, moral, and spiritual. They could focus on war-related trauma and responses to it through narrative fiction, poetry, performance, or cross-media genres, considering how and whether writing and text operate as emotional, spiritual, moral agents in the process of healing, in either a communal or an individual context. They can consider the role of religious faith in this context, as represented, interrogated, explored, or expressed through the texts under consideration, in which the material and the spiritual meet in textual and emotional terms.  Papers on Canadian literature are welcome, but the panel encourages a trans-national perspective if possible.


Following the guidelines on the ACCUTE website (accute.ca), paper proposers should send a 300-500 word proposal (with no identifying marks), a 100 word abstract, a 50 word biographical statement, and the submitter information form, to one or both of the panel organizers no later than 18 November 2016.  Proposal submission forms will be available on the ACCUTE website once the conference call for papers comes out in September.


Panel organizers:


Tina Trigg                                                        Katherine Quinsey

The King’s University                                     Department of English

9125 - 50 Street                                              University of Windsor

Edmonton, AB T6B 2H3                                 Windsor, ON  N9B 3P4

Tina.Trigg@kingsu.ca                                     kateq@uwindsor.ca