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International Interdisciplinary Conference
14-15 March 2024

Trauma and Nightmare

International Interdisciplinary Conference

14-15 March 2024

See you on Thursday!

Organizer: InMind Support

Scientific Committee:

Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland

Professor Polina Golovátina-Mora – NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology



“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 The old philosophical discussion about “the nature (or mystery) of Evil” has been replaced by modern (and postmodern) studies on trauma.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 bad dream – today this term describes also a variety of unpleasant experiences, memories, emotions, so it deserves special attention as an important factor which characterizes 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.

That is why we 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 inqueries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

  We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.


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


I. 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


II. 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


III. 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


IV. Philosophical questions

  • Nightmare and trauma as Evil

  • Nightmare and trauma as metaphors

  • Nightmare in everyday life

  • Life as a nightmare

  •  Nightmare and beauty

  • Attractiveness of nightmare and trauma

  • Attractiveness of trauma studies


V. Representation of trauma and nightmare

  • Bearing witness of trauma

  • Testimonies and memories

  • Trauma and narrative

  • Trauma and fiction

  • Nightmare and horror

  • Trauma in literature

  • Trauma in film

  • Trauma in theatre

  • Trauma in visual arts

  • Traumatized authors

  • Traumatized readers/spectators

  • Writing as a traumatic experience

  • Writing as recovery from trauma

  • Trauma and creativeness


VI. Institutionalization

  • Trauma and law

  • Trauma and politics

  •  Trauma and religion

  • Trauma and medical treatment

  • Trauma and management

  • Trauma and punishment systems

  • Trauma and army

  • Trauma and school

  • Trauma and memory places

  • Trauma and museums

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 18 February 2024 to: or by REGISTRATION FORM
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 21 February 2024

The conference language is English.

As our online conference will be international, we will consider the different time zones of our Participants.
The conference will be held virtually via Zoom. Different forms of presentations (also posters) are available

In order to participate in the conference (as a speaker or an audience member) you need to pay a REGISTRATION FEE via bank transfer or PayPal:

PRESENTERS: EUR 35 or USD 40 or GBP 35 or PLN 130 - by 1 March 2024
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: EUR 25 or USD 30 or GBP 25 or PLN 70 - by 12 March 2024

NOTE: We offer a discount for our returning Participants.

- LIVE access via individual link to all conference sessions (without installing any additional applications)
- the conference programme in PDF
- certificate of attendance  for Presenters and Audience Members (sent by email or/and by post)
- online community gathering
- easy access on any device (phone, tablet and computer) with the possibility to join or leave the conference at any time

Banking details:
Beneficiary name: InMind Support

Beneficiary Address: Jelitkowski Dwor 4
Beneficiary Bank name: SANTANDER   
The SANTANDER Swift code is:  WBKPPLPP
Beneficiary Bank account numbers (IBAN):
Payment in PLN:           
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Payment in EUR:           
PL58 1090 2590 0000 0001 4259 8847     
Payment in USD: via PayPal - please ask for a special link     

In the description field, please quote your first and last name and a note " trauma conference".
All banking charges are to be covered by the Sender.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
NOTE: PAYPAL PAYMENTS (USD, GBP or EUR) ARE ALSO ACCEPTED (on request) - Please ask for a  link.
3 months before the conference and more - 50%
from 3 months to 1 month - 75%             
1 month before the conference and less - 100%   

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