The Trauma Research Net invites proposals for papers to be presented at its 3rd International Conference entitled: "Trauma - Stigma and Distinction: Social Ambivalences in the Face of Extreme Suffering" (14-17 September 2006 in St. Moritz, Switzerland). Since 1995, the Hamburg Institute for Social Research has provided the basis of a network on trauma research that now reaches more than one thousand institutions and individuals.
This call for papers is addressed both to professionals working with trauma victims on a practical, therapeutic level and to those researching, writing and teaching on trauma on a more theoretical level. The aim of the conference is to scrutinize social aspects of trauma discourse and of the practice of trauma therapy – their ideology, politics, economy. We seek to examine what social aspects are emphasized when we speak of trauma – individual and collective – and what aspects fade into the background. Thus, we are interested in topics such as:
- Social Recognition and Denial of Trauma
- Hierarchies Between and Within Victim Groups
- Practical Work with Victim Groups and the Influence of Prejudice and Idealization
- Hostility and Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution after Extreme Suffering
- Validation and Subversion in Professional Discourses on Trauma
Deadline for proposals: March 31, 2006. Proposals should include abstracts of 300-500 words. We are looking forward to receive proposals together with a short CV by March 31, 2006. We will
acknowledge all proposals upon receipt by e-mail. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication. The language of the conference will be English.
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