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Trauma and Nightmare - 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference (Online Conference)

Organization: InMind Support
Event: Online Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, World Literatures, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-03-14 to 2024-03-15 Abstract Due: 2024-02-18

Conference online: 14-15 March 2023



“Trauma” and “nightmare” have become the most popular metaphors of evil in our times. The old philosophical discussion about “the nature (or mystery) of Evil” has been replaced by modern (and postmodern) studies on trauma. Nightmare is a more and more frequent phenomenon, and it is being studied by dream and sleep researchers. However, nightmare means not only bad dream – today this term describes also a variety of unpleasant experiences, memories, emotions, so it deserves special attention as an important factor which characterizes human condition.

  Keeping this in mind, during our conference we would like to ask how the discourse on trauma and nightmare helps us to understand our contemporary world. In order to answer this general question, we will have to concentrate on many particular issues. Thus, we are interested in all aspects of traumatic experiences, in their individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world. We would like to describe the phenomena of nightmare and trauma in their multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. We also want to devote considerable attention to how these phenomena appear in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts.

That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, memory studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, sleep studies, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, migration studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name w few.

  Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inqueries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

  We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

   Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:


I. Individual experiences

Trauma and childhood memories
Trauma and child abuse
Trauma and women abuse
Trauma and domestic violence
Trauma and old age
Trauma and love
Trauma and death
Trauma and mourning
Trauma and crime
Trauma and neurosis
Trauma and psychosis
Secondary traumatization
Life after trauma
Trauma and psychotherapy
Help for traumatized people

II. Collective experiences

Trauma and war
Trauma and genocide
Trauma and terrorism
Trauma and natural disasters
Trauma and post-memory
Traumatized nations
Traumatized minorities
Traumatized generations
Traumatized social classes
Trauma of victims
Trauma of witnesses
Trauma of bystanders
Trauma of perpetrators
Trauma and oblivion
Trauma and forgiveness

III. Dream experiences:

Nightmare after trauma
Nightmare and post-traumatic stress disorder
Nightmare and life cycle
Nightmare and physical illness
Nightmare and suicide
Nightmare and threat simulation theory
Nightmare and dream recall
Therapy of nightmares
Nightmare and lucid dreaming
Nightmare and paranormal dream experiences

IV. Philosophical questions

Nightmare and trauma as Evil
Nightmare and trauma as metaphors
Nightmare in everyday life
Life as a nightmare
 Nightmare and beauty
Attractiveness of nightmare and trauma
Attractiveness of trauma studies

V. Representation of trauma and nightmare

Bearing witness of trauma
Testimonies and memories
Trauma and narrative
Trauma and fiction
Nightmare and horror
Trauma in literature
Trauma in film
Trauma in theatre
Trauma in visual arts
Traumatized authors
Traumatized readers/spectators
Writing as a traumatic experience
Writing as recovery from trauma
Trauma and creativeness

VI. Institutionalization

Trauma and law
Trauma and politics
 Trauma and religion
Trauma and medical treatment
Trauma and management
Trauma and punishment systems
Trauma and army
Trauma and school
Trauma and memory places
Trauma and museums

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 18 February 2024 to: traumanightmare@gmail.com



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