The “Trauma: Renovation and (Re)action” Conference:

The concept of trauma, which is a site of interpretation itself, is largely understood as the impact of disruptive experiences on one’s sense of self as well as one’s perception of the external world. The causes and outcomes of these traumatic experiences are not uniform, as they are shaped by the nature of the traumatic event as well as by gender, sex, race, sexuality, ability, and more. The variability of how trauma is experienced, processed, represented, and reacted to invites us to contemplate the interplay between the individual and society as well as the relationship between experience and language. It raises profound questions about the impact of trauma on memory, identity, selfhood, knowledge production, self-expression, self-representation, and individual and collective consciousness. At the Trauma: Renovation and (Re)action Symposium, we propose an enriching exploration of how trauma is expressed in literature, film, theater, art, history, psychology, cultural studies, and political science. Our goal is to foster dynamic intellectual exchanges about how trauma manifests across various disciplines and media as we discuss the greater implications of these disruptive experiences

We hope that GAFIS 2022 will be a place of compelling and productive interdisciplinary discussion on the topic of trauma.

KEYNOTE: Dr. Eden Wales Freedman

It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Eden Wales Freedman of Clarke University (Department of English) will be joining us as this year’s keynote speaker. Professor Wales Freedman’s research focuses on American literature and race, gender, trauma, and reception theories. The title of Professor Wales Freedman’s talk is: “”Reading Testimony, Witnessing Trauma: Confronting Violence in Literature and Life.”


Prof. Grazia Menechella (University of Wisconsin, Madison–Italian)


Dr. Eden Wales Freedman (Clarke University)
Prof. Ernesto Livorni (University of Wisconsin – Madison, Italian)
Prof. Richard Goodkin (University of Wisconsin – Madison, French)

Please confirm your attendance and participation by registering at your earliest convenience.

• Many thanks to the Brittingham Trust, the Center for European Studies, Middle East Studies Program, the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies, the Department of French and Italian, the Graduate Association of French and Italian Students, the Center for the Humanities, the Department of African Cultural Studies, the Department of Communication Arts, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, for their generous support.•

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