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    SHAME 2021 - Memory, Guilt and Shame- 3rd Intenational Interdisciplinary Conference (online)

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    Category interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, memory, guilt, shame, politics, media, identity, sociology, psychology, art, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy

    Deadline: October 03, 2021 | Date: October 21, 2021-October 22, 2021

    Venue/Country: Gdansk, Poland

    Updated: 2021-09-17 03:07:59 (GMT+9)

    Call For Papers - CFP


    ​The 20th century – an epoch of genocides – will be forever associated with feelings of guilt and shame. And it is not only the case of perpetrators. People are still ashamed of their ancestors and of the members of their nations, societies or families. Those who suffered from crimes and cruelties often experience survivor guilt, a mysterious phenomenon that psychotherapists try to tame. The status of bystanders is nowadays more and more often called into question, as it became clear that remaining “neutral” in the face of violence and atrocities was simply impossible. At the same time, many of both the victims and executioners make efforts to forget about the past events and repress the uncomfortable emotions. Others forget the facts involuntarily. Yet others cultivate false memories of what never occurred. Politicians impose their own narratives of history, with the hope of re-shaping the common convictions and achieving their short-sighted goals. Therefore, researchers dealing with memory studies of various kinds aim at explaining the complex relations of facts and phantasms, real and imagined guilt, justified and irrational shame.

    On the other hand, modern societies seem to exist in the realm of complete shamelessness. More and more people reveal the hallmarks of narcissistic personality. They do not care about protecting their privacy. On the contrary, they are proud of exposing as much as possible from their intimate life. Exhibitionistic behaviors appear to be predominant traits of those who want to capture others’ attention.

    These and other factors provoke us to concentrate on the themes of memory, guilt and shame – in the present-day world as well as in the past. We want to describe these phenomena in their multifarious aspects: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, political, and many others. We also want to devote considerable attention to how these issues appear in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, sociology, politics, philosophy, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, consciousness studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and others.

    Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and 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 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:

    1. Guilt, shame and genocides

    Victims’ shame

    Perpetrators’ shame

    Survivor guilt

    Inherited guilt


    Guilt repression

    Distorted memories



    2. Guilt and shame in social life

    Shame and nationalism

    Shame and xenophobia

    Shame and colonialism

    Shame and racism

    White guilt

    Shame and anti-Semitism

    Shame and infamy


    Guilt and Anthropocene

    Guilt and gender

    Guilt and LGBT

    Guilt-free consumption

    Guilt appeal in commercials


    3. Guilt and shame in politics

    Guilt and propaganda

    Shame and pride

    Shame and “historical policy”

    Shameless politicians

    Guilt and political correctness


    4. Guilt and shame in interpersonal relationships

    Shame and love

    Shame and intimacy

    Shame and eroticism

    Shame and privacy


    Parents’ guilt

    Children’s guilt

    Caregivers’ guilt


    5. Pathology and therapy

    Guilt complex

    Guilt and suicide

    Shame and narcissism

    Shame and exhibitionism

    Guilt and shame in psychotherapeutic treatment

    Shame in psychoanalysis


    6. Guilt and shame in religions

    Guilt and sin

    Guilt and confession

    Guilt and absolution

    Guilt and condemnation

    Crimes committed in the name of God

    Guilt and shame in the Catholic Church


    7. Representation of guilt and shame



    Visual arts


    The media

    Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 3 October 2021 to:

    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.

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