Edited Book on Trauma, Memory, and Healing in Asian Literature and Culture. Abstracts due 16 May 2016

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited book on Trauma, Memory and Healing in Asian Literature and Culture.

Trauma studies has yet to meaningfully incorporate the perspectives offered by Asia, a region in which the traumatic legacies of colonialism still persist and military regimes and dictatorships have led to untold human suffering. Countless loss of life has been caused by revolution, civil war, and genocide, and natural catastrophe has rendered existing social and political tensions even more volatile. As such, the insights of trauma theory for the analysis of literary and cultural representation in Asia and the enriching of trauma studies by the study of Asian literatures and cultures are two crucial but as yet largely untapped areas of scholarly research.

Proposals that speak to the diverse and varied approaches to trauma, memory, and healing in Asian literary and cultural texts are welcome. Essays may address, but are not limited to the following questions:

-In what ways does studying Asian literary and cultural texts that engage with trauma, memory, and healing, provide insights into the social and cultural history of the region?

-What is the connection between literary and cultural forms, memory, and healing in traumatic contexts?

-What expressions, practices, and forms does memory take?

-What is the function of memory and its forms in relation to individual and collective traumas?

-What expressions, practices, and forms does testimony take?

-How is testimony defined and used? What is its purpose and function (e.g. justice, activism, education, reconciliation, recovery, etc.)

-What is the connection between past traumas and the forging of present identities, both individual and collective?

-What context-based models of trauma, memory, and healing have emerged in Asian cultures?

-How do localized expressions of suffering intersect with global understandings of trauma and healing? How does incorporating Asian voices into the study of trauma, challenge and refresh existing theories of trauma, memory, and healing?

-How can we meaningfully and sensitively relate the diverse catastrophic histories of modern Asia? How can the insights arising from the analysis of trauma and healing in one site, inform the understanding of another?

-With the rise of trauma culture and the application of trauma to diverse contexts, is there a danger of making trauma banal?

-How are private and public healing imagined and practiced? What role do literary and cultural texts play in these processes?

-Can we conceive of trauma as an opportunity for positive transformations on personal or collective levels?

Please submit chapter proposals of 750-1000 words, together with a brief biography, no later than 16 May 2016 to Dr Sharanya Jayawickrama, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, at sjayawickrama@hksyu.edu.

Proposals for chapters must be original and not published already or under consideration for publication by any other books or journals. The proposals must be in English, submitted in Microsoft Word format, Time New Romans, 12 font.