Testimony Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement (CfP, Conference, Oxford, 29-31 July 2014)

Testimony Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement Tuesday 29th July  – Thursday 31st July 2014 Mansfield College, Oxford   This inaugural conference aims to examine the evolving genres and emerging contexts of testimonial production Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, and Engagement. Broadly understood, testimony is an autobiographical narrative that presents evidence of first-person Read more…

“Absent Presences & Present Absences” (Reflections on the International & Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies)

Absent Presences and Present Absences Dr Cheryl Mcgeachan (Geography, Glasgow University) writes: Returning this week from the fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies at the University of Groningen, I am truly inspired by the range of wonderful people and papers encountered. Discussions on emotion and affect have swirled Read more…

Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning (Psychoanalysis and Politics Conference, London, October 2012)

Psychoanalysis and Politics: Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning Autumn Symposium, 19 and 20 October British Psychoanalytical Society, 112a Shirland Road, London The symposium questions the junctions of the private and the public when it comes to trauma, loss and the work of mourning, which challenge our very Read more…

Bloody Sunday and Poetry

Reflecting on the role of poetry in helping a traumatized community to flourish, Clara Dawson writes: In the last week, Derry commemorated the fortieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday by holding their annual march through the streets, and with the performance of a new play written specially for the anniversary. Although Read more…

The Peopled Wound

What does it mean to hear voices that others cannot? (‘auditory verbal hallucinations’ in psychiatric parlance’) Many, perhaps most, would claim it to be a symptom of a brain disease or a mental illness. Indeed, hearing voices is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a Read more…