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Special Issue "Decolonizing Trauma Studies: Trauma and Postcolonialism"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2015).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
This Special Issue aims to explore the complex and contested relationship between Trauma Studies and postcolonial theory, focusing on the possibilities for creating a decolonized trauma theory that takes account of the suffering of minority groups and non-Western cultures, broadly defined as cultures beyond Western Europe and North America. The issue will build on the insights of, inter alia, Stef Craps’s book, Postcolonial Witnessing, and will respond to his challenge to interrogate and move beyond a Eurocentric trauma paradigm. Authors are invited to submit papers on the theorization and representation of any aspect of non-Western and/or minority cultural trauma. The focus will be predominately, but not exclusively, on literature but could include other artistic and cultural forms and practices.
Dr. Sonya Andermahr
Bulens, Gert, Samuel Durrant and Robert Eaglestone, The Future of Trauma Theory: Contemporary Literary and Cultural Criticism (Routledge, 2013).
Stef Craps, Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Culture Out of Bounds (Palgrave, 2013).
Dolores Herrero and Sonia Baelo-Allue, The Splintered Glass: Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond (Rodopi, 2011).
Ogaga Ifowodo, History, Trauma and Healing in Postcolonial Narratives: Reconstructing Identities (Palgrave, 2013).
Cristina Sandru, World’s Apart: A Postcolonial Reading of Post-1945 East-Central European Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).
Irene Visser, "Trauma Theory: Global Aspirations and Local Emendations." In The Local and Global in Postcolonial Literature, ed. P. Punyashee (New Delhi: Authorspress, 2014), pp 40–57.
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- decolonized trauma theory
- representing minority group suffering
- representing non-Western cultural traumas
- cross-cultural ethical engagement