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CfP: Conference on Trauma and Nightmare at Gdańsk, Poland [March 5-6, 2020]: Submit by Jan 10, 2020

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About the Conference

“Trauma” and “nightmare” have become the most popular metaphors of evil in our times. The old philosophical discussion about “the nature (or mystery) of Evil” has been replaced by modern (and postmodern) studies on trauma. Nightmare is a more and more frequent phenomenon, and it is being studied by dream and sleep researchers. However, nightmare means not only a bad dream – but today this term describes also a variety of unpleasant experiences, memories, emotions, so it deserves special attention as an important factor which characterizes the human condition.

Keeping this in mind, during our conference we would like to ask how the discourse on trauma and nightmare helps us to understand our contemporary world. In order to answer this general question, we will have to concentrate on many particular issues. Thus, we are interested in all aspects of traumatic experiences, in their individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world. We would like to describe the phenomena of nightmare and trauma in their multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. We also want to devote considerable attention to how these phenomena appear in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts.

The conference invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, memory studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, sleep studies, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, migration studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name w few. Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

Call for Papers

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

Individual Experiences

  • Trauma and childhood memories
  • Trauma and child abuse
  • Trauma and women abuse
  • Trauma and domestic violence
  • Trauma and old age
  • Trauma and love
  • Trauma and death
  • Trauma and mourning
  • Trauma and crime
  • Trauma and neurosis
  • Trauma and psychosis
  • Secondary traumatization
  • Life after trauma
  • Trauma and psychotherapy
  • Help for traumatized people

Collective Experiences

  • Trauma and war
  • Trauma and genocide
  • Trauma and terrorism
  • Trauma and natural disasters
  • Trauma and post-memory
  • Traumatized nations
  • Traumatized minorities
  • Traumatized generations
  • Traumatized social classes
  • Trauma of victims
  • Trauma of witnesses
  • Trauma of bystanders
  • Trauma of perpetrators
  • Trauma and oblivion
  • Trauma and forgiveness

Dream Experiences

  • Nightmare after trauma
  • Nightmare and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Nightmare and life cycle
  • Nightmare and physical illness
  • Nightmare and suicide
  • Nightmare and threat simulation theory
  • Nightmare and dream recall
  • Therapy of nightmares
  • Nightmare and lucid dreaming
  • Nightmare and paranormal dream experiences

Full list of topics is available here.

Submission Procedure

To submit abstracts, email at traumanightmare[at] and nightmareoffice[at]

Important Dates
  • Deadline for abstract submission: Jan 10, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: Jan 15, 2020
  • Deadline for early-bird registration: Jan 25, 2020
  • Deadline for final registration: Feb 10, 2020

EARLY BIRD RATES  – by 25 January 2020

  • Presenters: EUR 120 or USD 150 or PLN 510
  • Listeners: EUR 100 or USD 120 or PLN 460

REGULAR BIRD RATES  – by 10 February 2020

  • Presenters: EUR 160 or USD 180 or PLN 590
  • Listeners: EUR 140 or USD 160 or PLN 490

Email: traumanightmare[at], nightmareoffice[at]

For further details, click here.

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