Call for Papers: Trauma Studies in the Digital Age

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Call for Papers: Trauma Studies in the Digital Age

Call for Papers: Trauma Studies in the Digital Age
  • 10-12 May, 2017, University of Amsterdam
Organizers: Anna Menyhért, Mykola Makhortykh, Michelle de Wit

The international workshop ‘Trauma Studies in the Digital Age’ aims to advance the growing new field of digital trauma studies which is located at the intersection of digital memory studies, cultural trauma studies, and digital media studies. The workshop will discuss the emerging social phenomenon of digital trauma processing. Among the questions that the workshop will look at are the following: Can digital environments change the nature of trauma processing both on the personal and collective level? What forms this foreseeable change will take in different cultural and societal environments as a transcultural consequence of migration? And will changes be noticeable in terms of obliteration of differences in trauma processing in democratic and totalitarian systems of governance?

For our young scholars session we welcome submissions from junior scholars, including MA and PhD students as well as 1-2-year postdocs, whose work is related to digital trauma studies. The submissions are invited to follow the main subthemes of the workshop, including (but not limited to) the following:
1. Personal trauma and digital identity in relation to social media as an online community. This subtheme will relate to coping with illness, loss, grief, virtual cemeteries, and the role of online supporting groups.
2. Transcultural trauma related to migration, forced migration, and cultural shock, as well as transnational (online) writing related to literary texts, blogs, and Facebook groups.
3. Social media and the painful past will explore collective trauma processing online, as well as collective memory and national identity formation. It will have a special (but not an exclusive) focus on post-Soviet countries, the East-Central European region, and Hungary.
4. Literary (printed, offline) texts and (digital) trauma processing will refer to online reading groups, reviews in personal blogs, and literary websites interpreting trauma texts.
Rather than full-length conference papers, we are looking for shorter think pieces that will stimulate discussion.
Please send abstracts (300 words) for short 15-minutes presentations together with a short bio (150 words) to Michelle de Wit before 8 March 2017.  
Notifications of acceptance will be distributed on 20 March 2017; limited financial assistance for accomodation and travel costs can be available.
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The workshop ‘Trauma Studies in the Digital Age’ is part of Anna Menyhért’s individual Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship, supervised by Prof. Ellen Rutten at the University of Amsterdam. The project is called TRAPRODIG - Trauma Studies in the Digital Age: the Impact of Social Media on Trauma Processing in Life Narratives and in Trauma Literature: the Case of Hungary.
The workshop is supported by the peer-reviewed journals 'Environment, Space and Place' and 'Digital Icons' with the prospect of publishing selected papers in the journals.
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