Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Conference: "Trauma and History" Day 2

Fri, March 21, 2014 | CLA 1.302E

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Trauma and History

A conference presented by the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History
Liberal Arts Building, CLA 1.302B and 1.302E
The University of Texas at Austin 

"Trauma & History" examines how the theoretical field of trauma studies might enrich our understanding of the past. Going beyond the existing historical literature on trauma and the Holocaust, the conference will explore the following themes: The cumulative toll and intergenerational nature of trauma; trauma as a catalyst for geographic displacement, social reform, and political mobilization; the fetishization and commercialization of trauma; and the methodological challenges of integrating trauma into historical analysis. Stretching from the medieval to the modern and drawing from the fields of human rights, psychoanalysis,memory studies, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, environmental science,and comparative literature, we hope to enhance, as well as to extend, the historical study of trauma and human catastrophes.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required
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"Trauma and History" Program

Friday, March 21st

CLA 1.302E

Session I  “Genocide, Revolution, and Political Violence”
9:00am – 10:30am
Yoav Di-Capua, Chair (The University of Texas at Austin)

Ronen Steinberg (Michigan State University)
“Trauma before Trauma: Studying the Effects of Mass Violence in the 18th Century”

Federico Finchelstein (The New School for Social Research)
“The Holocaust and the Dirty War” 

Emma Kuby (North Illinois University)
“Our Actions Never Cease to Haunt Us”: Frantz Fanon’s Case Studies, the French Left,
and the Violence of the Algerian War (1954-1962)

Benjamin Claude Brower (The University of Texas at Austin), Discussant
Discussion: 20 minutes

10:30am – 10:45am

Session II  “Occupation, Displacement and Exile”
10:45am – 12:30pm

David Crew, Chair (The University of Texas at Austin)

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang (The University of Texas at Austin)
“Noble Ghosts, Empty Grave, and National Trauma: The Tale of Taiyuan’s ‘Five Hundred Martyrs’ in the
Chinese Civil War”

Carel Bertram (San Francisco State University)
“Journeys of the Descendants of Trauma: An Armenian search for the houses and villages of a lost 
Ottoman Past”

Jennifer L. Foray  (Purdue University)
“The Trauma of Liberation: Dutch Political Culture and the Indonesian Question in 1945”

Tarek El-Ariss (The University of Texas at Austin), Discussant
Discussion: 20 minutes

Break  12:30pm – 1:30pm

Session III  “In the Aftermath of Natural and Man-Made Disasters”
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Seth Garfield, Chair (The University of Texas at Austin)

Leslie M. Harris (Emory University)
“Hurricane Seasons: Race and Civic Trauma in New Orleans before Katrina”

Andrew Horowitz (Yale University)
“The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror"

Mark Healey (University of Connecticut)
“Disorderly memories in the orderly city: The long aftermath of the 1944 earthquake in San Juan, Argentina”

Laurie B. Green (The University of Texas at Austin)
“'Hunger in America' and the Power of Television: Poor People, Physicians, and the Mass Media in the War Against Poverty"

Erika M. Bsumek (The University of Texas at Austin), Discussant
Discussion: 20 minutes

Break  3:00pm – 3:15pm

Session IV “Trauma and Religion”
3:15pm – 4:45pm

Martha Newman, Chair (The University of Texas at Austin)

Nicole Archambeau, (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Miraculous Healing for the Warrior Soul: Transforming Fear, Violence, and Shame in the Canonization Inquest of Delphine de Pui Michel, 1363”

Ariel Glucklich (Georgetown University)
“Meeting Pain with Pain: Self-directed Violence and Religious Rationality”

Diane Wolfthal (Rice University)
“Traces of Trauma and Seeds of Sympathy in Medieval Representations of Anti-Jewish Violence”

Brian P. Levack (The University of Texas at Austin), Discussant
Discussion: 20 minutes

Break  4:45pm – 5:15pm

Concluding Remarks
5:15pm – 6:00pm

Elizabeth Jelin, Professor and Research Director, Institute of Social and Economic Development, University of Buenos Aires
“Trauma and History”

Convened by:
Yoav Di-Capua, Associate Professor of History and IHS Program Coordinator in 2013-14, and 
Seth Garfield, Associate Professor of History and IHS Director

With generous support from:
Department of History  |  College of Liberal Arts  |  Argentine Studies of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections  |  Center for European Studies  |  Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies  | Trauma and War Working Group, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice  |  Department of English  | Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies  |  Warfield Center for African and African American Studies  |  Center for Asian American Studies  |  Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Benson Latin American Collection  |  Program in Comparative Literature

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