Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement
The 3rd Global Meeting
Call for Presentations
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
The 3rd Global Conference on Testimony shines the spotlight on the role of (eco-)testimony and the act of testifying in the negotiation of issues pertaining to land rights and reconciliation processes of place-based human rights concerns. Following on from previous meetings that highlighted the role testimony plays in social justice and peace education, this conference continues to explore these themes in relation to current transnational movements focused on eco-awareness and conscious-raising. The event aims to provide an interdisciplinary framework in which inter-disciplinary perspectives from fields such as environmental justice, geography, history, politics, linguistics, law, education, activism, health, the arts, business and religion shed light on the impact of testimonial production within the cultures of redress and transnational justice processes for both the producers of testimony and their audience.
This call for proposals asks for consideration of testimony as used by activists, educators, researchers, professionals, and artists working in the field. We hope to address how testimony can foster or hinder ally-ships across different geographies, cultures, ways of knowing, while addressing past histories of violations and abuses of human rights:
– Geo-political and eco-testimonies
– Testimony as narrative therapy (i.e. scriptotherapy)
– Post-Truth and Reconciliation in settler societies (Canada, Australia, United States, etc.)
– Inter-generational trauma
– Testimony and indigenous ways of knowing
– Testimony and cultures of change
– Embodiments of testimonial art (poetry, painting, sculptures, body tattooing, etc.)
– Architectures and artefacts of memorializations (gardens, murals, parks, etc.)
– Residential Schools, forced adoptions, disintegration of the family, femicides
– States of exception (non-landed refugees, non-citizenship, migration, etc.)
– Indentured labour and hidden sites of slavery (present and past)
– Healing and recovery: survivor groups; communal/personal resilience
– Cultures of redress: personal, collective
– Political persecution and torture
– Challenges of truth and reconciliation commissions
– Culture of acknowledgement
– Human rights and social justice: social activism and awareness
– Methodologies and pedagogies of testimony
– Social media: twitter, Facebook, Youtube
Further details and information can be found at the conference website:
Details about our review policy can be found here:
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Testimony project will be meeting at the same time as a project on The Animal and Human Bond and another project on Fears and Anxieties in the 21st Century. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between two or even three project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 29th April 2016.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 6th May 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 5th August 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Testimony Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
Cristina Santos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Fisher: email@example.com
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
To date a number of eBooks and paperback books have and/or are in the process of production from the work of the project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
Testimony: Memory, Trauma, Truth, Engagement