Call for Articles


Issues 1 & 2/2019 are thematic issues, the general theme being Trauma, Narrative, Responsibility”. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2019.

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches, which explore all possible intersections of literary and cultural studies with the other disciplines in (and even beyond) the humanities.

In recent years, since Cathy Caruth’s Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History (1996) and Dominick LaCapra’s Writing History, Writing Trauma (2001), trauma studies has developed continuously as a field of research. This follows primarily the increasing recognition of the Holocaust and its intergenerational aftermath, as well as of the victims of genocide, mass persecution, war and terror (see especially Marianne Hirsch, The Generation of Postmemory, 2012 and Astrid Erll, “Generation in Literary History,” 2014).

In Eastern Europe after 1989, the need to rewrite history in a “truthful” way, free from the ideological contamination of left-wing dictatorships, has foregrounded the importance of remembering, unveiling, narrating and repairing the collective and individual traumas embedded in the memory of the contemporary world (see Uilleam Blacker, Alexander Etkind and Julie Fedor’s Memory and Theory in Eastern Europe, 2013; Georges Mink and Laure Neumayer’s Memory Games, 2013). Narratives of and discourses on trauma – as a result of, for example, abuse, accident, illness, oppression, war – have become pervasive in global culture and they circulate in a wide variety of forms including blogs, films, videos, social media postings, legal testimonies, print articles and books. They often evoke strong emotions and provoke action, as perhaps best reflected in Nancy K. Miller and Jason Tougaw’s edited collection Extremities. Trauma, Testimony and Community (2002).

Many scholars have especially developed these directions of research by conducting analyses of the representations of trauma in literary and media culture (see especially Ann Kaplan’s Trauma Culture, 2005 and Anne Rothe’s Popular Trauma Culture, 2011). Furthermore, Leigh Gilmore (“‘What Was I?’ Literary Witness and the Testimonial Archive,” 2011; Tainted Witness, 2017) has focused on how literary narratives of trauma contribute to legal and human rights discourses of trauma with genre-specific and gender-specific alternative forms of witnessing and agency.

Such scholarly concerns give rise to significant questions: how should those involved in the analysis of both past and present factual and fictional narrative and discourse, as cultural and literary critics, historians and scholars, understand and analyze them in ways that are both sensitive to the experiences narrated and discussed, and intellectually and ethically responsible?

We invite papers in English addressing topics including (but by no means limited to) the following:

– narrating collective trauma, mass repression and genocide

– parallel histories of collective trauma: the Holocaust, African American slavery, communist repression

– responsible responses to trauma and forms of exclusion (race, gender, ethnicity, religion)

– personal trauma as reflected on the human psyche

– the impact of individual trauma upon family and community

– repressed trauma – a generator of inadequacy and suffering

– trauma, memory and recovery

– narrative as reparation of trauma

– genres of narrative and trauma (specifics of literary, visual, legal, oral, human rights narratives)

– reflections of trauma in the visual and performing arts

– physical, emotional and spiritual reverberations of trauma

– individual, collective and institutionalized accounts of trauma

– the ethics of representing personal and collective trauma

– the affective dimension of trauma representation and reception

– the transcultural, transnational and transgenerational transmission of trauma narratives and discourses

– the representation of perpetrators and perpetrator trauma

– the politics of trauma, narrative and responsibility in a globalized world

– the trauma of exile and its impact over generations

UBR has been acknowledged as a top academic journal by Romania’s National Council for Higher Education Research (CNCS). A recipient of the B academic ranking, our journal makes it possible for all its hosted articles to receive full academic recognition in the Romanian evaluation system and be included in such international databases as ERIH PLUS, SCOPUS, EBSCO and C.E.E.O.L. We are open to all research authors, whether established or junior (including Ph.D. candidates), affiliated or independent, domestic or international.

If you are interested in having your paper considered for publication, please send contributions in electronic form by 30 September 2019 at the latest.  You will receive a confirmation message.

Papers are invited in: British, Irish and Commonwealth Literatures, American Literature, World and Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Intellectual and Cultural History, Art History and Visual Culture, Literary Theory, Translation Studies.

All articles must be written in MLA Style English. Please consult our Guidelines for Contributors section before submitting your material at

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