Title

Race, Trauma, Narrative

Abstract

Contemporary discourse surrounding race-based violence has established two critical and oft-repeated points. First, that we should be talking about race-based violence. Second, that it is difficult to talk about race-based violence. We approach the issue through the study of its relation to narrative and trauma: to the building of frameworks of meaning and discussion and to the breakage of those frameworks and the limits of discussion. We examine the subject position of the individual as it forms in relation to others. We carefully unfold the ethics of listening to the silenced: the limits of empathy and the dangers of transmission. We grapple with the tensions aroused in witnessing and testifying to racial trauma, hoping to engage in a healing discourse with those who have been formerly excluded, no matter the difficult questions and reflections such a discourse will inspire.

Faculty Sponsor

Nicole Simek

Sponsor Department/Programs

Race and Ethnic Studies

Tracks

Race and Trauma

Location

Olin 130

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Race, Trauma, Narrative

Olin 130

Contemporary discourse surrounding race-based violence has established two critical and oft-repeated points. First, that we should be talking about race-based violence. Second, that it is difficult to talk about race-based violence. We approach the issue through the study of its relation to narrative and trauma: to the building of frameworks of meaning and discussion and to the breakage of those frameworks and the limits of discussion. We examine the subject position of the individual as it forms in relation to others. We carefully unfold the ethics of listening to the silenced: the limits of empathy and the dangers of transmission. We grapple with the tensions aroused in witnessing and testifying to racial trauma, hoping to engage in a healing discourse with those who have been formerly excluded, no matter the difficult questions and reflections such a discourse will inspire.