I am seeking papers for a proposed panel on representations of trauma, testimony, or witnessing and their role in constructing narratives of space or place. I am specifically interested in papers that examine trauma in the context of national and transnational "geographies." My own paper examines how Rea Tajiri's film, History and Memory, problematizes the discourse of American inclusiveness and freedom by documenting the traumatic experiences of Tajiri's parents during internment. Spaces such as internment camps, situated somewhere between the nation and its involvement with "other" countries, are productive sites for thinking through the intersection of trauma and national or transnational spaces.
The American Studies Association Annual Meeting will take place November 3-6, 2005 in Washington, D.C. This year's meeting explores the theme "Groundwork: Space and Place in American Culture."
Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief C.V. to the e-mail address shown below by January 20, 2005.
Theresa A. Kulbaga
The Ohio State University
Department of English
421 Denney Hall
164 W. 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
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