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International Interdisciplinary Conference
16-17 March 2023

Trauma and Nightmare

International Interdisciplinry Conference

16-17 March 2023

Please note that as our conference will be international we took into consideration different time zones but the hours specified in the program refers to the time in Poland, Warsaw (CET). 



THURSDAY, 16 March 2023

10.00 AM – 1.00 PM: Session I

Chair: Wojciech Owczarski (University of Gdansk, Poland)

Martin Orr (Independent Researcher, New Zealand)
Sleep Demons and Digital Guardian Angels: The Role of Trauma, Nightmares and Artificial intelligence in Suicide Prevention

Kevin Martens Wong (Independent Resear
cher, Singapore)
Korsang Aguenta: Transformative Teaching for Psychoemotional Resilience and Unprecedented Academic Success in the Face of
 Sustained Institutional Abuse in Singapore

Dovilė Grickevičiūtė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania)
Narratives of Death and Survival under the Khmer Rouge Regime

Elizabeth Kontz Gabriele (Shanghai JiaoTong University, China)
Trauma and Memory Places in Rwanda: The Making of a Crisis Heterotopia

Shpresa Rama (Independent Researcher, Kosovo) and Ylfete Pllana (Independent Researcher, Kosovo) 
Kosovars Remembering the Trauma of the 1990s

Neil Williams (University of Liverpool, UK)
Meaningful Suffering: Trauma as an Existential Virtue

1.00 PM – 2.00 PM: BREAK

2.00 PM – 5.00 PM: Session II

Chair: Dovilė Grickevičiūtė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania)

Agata Sowińska (University of Silesia, Poland)
Apocalyptic Nightmare: Traumatic Experiences in Apocalyptic Narrative

Mahak Qayoom (AIESR, Amity University, India)
Trauma And Narrative: An Analysis of The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed

Sinjan Goswami (Mathabhanga College, India)
Reading the Excremental and the Ethical in J.M.Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians

Neelima (Indraprastha College University of Delhi, India)
The Slave Nightmare in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Faith Harkey (Imaginalia Research/ University of Essex, UK)
Mansion of Mind: Dissociation and Nightmare in Sanderson's Legion

Bushra Juhi Jani (Al-Nahrain University Baghdad, Iraq)
Dreams and Nightmares

5.00 PM – 6.00 PM: BREAK

6.00 PM – 8.30 PM: Session III

Chair: Neil Williams (University of Liverpool, UK)

Adriana Juárez (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
“We were here”: Latin American Indigenous Resistance Music and the Well-Being of a Community

Shabhaz Khayambashi (York University and Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada)
Trauma in the Internet Age

Jo Ann Oravec (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA)
Robots, AI, and Violence: Intelligent Entities as Symbols of and Triggers for Human Aggression

Joanna Nakonieczna (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland)
Representations of Trauma and Nightmare in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the Context of Immersion

Kaitlyn Samons and Justin Shay Easler (Clemson University, USA)
You Aren't What You Eat: NieR Replicant's “Louise” as an Embodiment of Nightmare and Trauma

FRIDAY, 17 March 2023

11.00 AM – 2.00 PM: Session IV

Chair: Srishti Sharma (University School of Humanities and Social Sciences Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India)

Ranjitha Raj (Tezpur University, India)
Traumatic Memory and Meaning-Making through the Fictional Works of the 1984 Delhi Riots/ Anti-Sikh Riots

Shikha Choudhary (Mody University of Science and Technology, Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan, India)
Analysing Trauma and Healing through Contemporary Literature

Malini C (SDNB Vaishnav College for Women - University of Madras,
Trauma and Domestic Violence in Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You: A Discourse Using Biderman's Chart

Antarleena Basu (Woxsen University, India)
Beyond the Traumatic Theme: An Investigation of the Style and Language of Trauma and Mourning in Mahasweta Devi’s Mother of 

Arijana Luburić-Cvijanović (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)
Articulating Trauma in Shaun Tan’s The Arrival

Laura Gimeno-Pahissa (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 
“I stayed a good son to the end of it”: The Representation of Traumatic Teenage Memories in the Works of Richard Ford

2.00 PM – 3.00 PM: BREAK

3.00 PM – 6.00 PM: Session V

Chair: Arijana Luburić-Cvijanović (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)

Abel Fenwick (Independent Researcher, UK)
“I Wonder his mother does not rise from her grave”: Nightmares and Traumatic Repetition in Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights


Sérgio Neto and Clara Serrano (Centre for the Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Poetry and Trauma: An Overview of the Portuguese Veteran’s Newspapers from the First World War

Artemis Papailia (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
“Confronting the monster within”: Trauma and Identity in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Srishti Sharma (University School of Humanities and Social Sciences Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India)
India Crisis in Representation: Adaptation of The Robber Bride

Madhuvratha K V (Madras University, India)
Gynaehorror: Gothicising the Rhetoric of Fear Surrounding Pregnancy, Parturition and Parenting

Weronika Wadecka (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Ghostly Apparitions as a Narrative Device in Portrayal of Trauma and Morality in His House (2020)

6.00 PM – 7.00 PM: BREAK

7.00 PM – 10.00 PM: Session VI

Chair: Abel Fenwick (Independent Researcher, UK)

Shanshan Wu (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
Trauma and Post-Memory in Documentary Film One Child Nation

Katrina Wong (University of York, UK)
“A good wound”: Dreaming as a Narrative of Palliative Care in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled (1995)

Lena Udall (Pepperdine University, USA)
Representations of Trauma and Resilience in Faïza Guène's Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Adam Riekstins (Villanova University, USA)
Existential Escapism in Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation: The Metanarrative Nightmare of Reality

Dayna Daniely (Fort Valley State University, USA)
Trauma and Nightmare: Lynching at Moore’s Ford Bridge

Molly Ryan (Virginia Tech, USA)
A Pedagogical Hauntology: Queerness, Graduate Study, and a Rhetoric of Past Traumas

10.00 PM: Conference Closing



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