An International and Interdisciplinary Conference
at the Center for German Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva/Israel
May 13-15, 2012
Call for Papers:
The Horrors of Trauma:
Violence, Reenactment, Nation, and Film
The conference “The Horrors of Trauma: Violence, Reenactment, Nation, and Film” explores the depiction and staging of historical experiences of violence and traumas in Israeli-Palestinian, German, and U.S.-American film. The conference asks which modes of insight, perspectives, and descriptions the medium film holds concerning extreme experiences of violence and their traumatic encoding in individuals or collectives. The panels will analyze the medial transfer between, first, cultural representations of the past in the case of filmed violence and trauma, second, the changing landscape of trauma theory, and third, memory politics and national identity constructions.
We offer international scholars to participate in nation-specific panels referring to Israel/Palestine, Germany (FRG/GDR), and the U.S. For the German panel we are particularly interested in tracing the cinematic depiction of trauma in East German productions. The disciplines represented by the invited scholars may range from History, Sociology, Political Science, Film and Media Studies, Trauma (Cinema) Studies to Gender Studies.
Additional panels will deal with the following theoretical questions:
Trauma on a social level: How and to what extent can the terminology of trauma theory and psycho-traumatology be transferred onto the social sphere? Which social preconditions and shared ethical values are needed to describe and recognize individual suffering? This panel offers room for a debate between psychoanalysts, sociologists, political scientists, and researchers from cultural studies.
Film language of trauma: Is there a specific affinity of the medium film and its particular time structure to the depiction of inner psychic, traumatic structures? Which aesthetic and narrative features and shapes are being produced while filming ‘national traumas’? Which role do cinematic articulations of trauma play in the construction, perception, and self-reflection of national identities?
Horror and trauma: How can the interconnection of traumatic and horrifying history/ies and its cinematic adaptations in horror movies and other film genres, such as melodrama or documentaries, be described? Can the ‘horrors of trauma’ be seen as the result, the limit, or the beginning of the triangle: shocking event—images—reenactment? Can ‘horror’ be seen as a constitutive part of trauma or, conversely, ‘trauma’ as a horrified or horrifying subject? How could this circular structure, this ‘loop of horror’ be interrupted?
All speakers will receive free accommodation and meals during the conference.
Please send a one page abstract and a short CV (up to 100 words) to:
Kobi Kabalek (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 31, 2012.
Conference language: English
Concept and organisation: Dr. Michael Elm (German Academic Exchange Service/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), M.A. Kobi Kabalek (University of Virginia/Ben-Gurion-University of the Negev), Dr. Julia B. Köhne (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/University of Vienna-Focus: Visuelle Zeit- und Kulturgeschichte), in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Kerstin Stutterheim (HFF Konrad Wolf), and Dr. Kurt Grünberg (SFI-Frankfurt)
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105 – Israel
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