Trauma, Memory, Standpoint

With this project, when I’m trying to do is understand the relationship between trauma and writing and learning. This can be complicated by neurological considerations, but we have a little understanding of the complex factors that allow some individuals to overcome trauma while others remain crippled by it. The problem for my research then is…

Ferron and Massa – “Studying collective memories in Wikipedia” to Amanda Knox, Trayvon Martin, and Cultural Trauma

Ferron, Michela and Paolo Massa – “Studying collective memories in Wikipedia.” They found that Wikipedia articles related to traumatic events (such as September 11th, Chernobyl, and the London Train Bombings) received more editing during anniversary periods than during the rest of the year. Although I do find this interesting and perhaps useful, I feel as…

Trauma, Standpoint, Posthumanity – Theorizing the Bio-Cultural Network of Relationships

It’s well established that some elements of personality are genetic.  It’s also well established that biological determinism can provide one of the most pernicious forms of racism.  It’s generally acknowledged (or at least proclaimed) that all people are created equal (which is not at all the same as all people being created identical).  And yet…

Student Perceptions of Social Trauma: The Judicial System

This blog post clearly illustrates the dangers of brainstorming via public venue.  My assertions below aren’t very coherent and they aren’t supported through outside sources.  But writing this indicates a couple questions I need ask/address as I continue my research: Is there a relationship between the individual experience of trauma and the ability to perceive/understand the traumatic experiences…

MFA vs Ph.D. – Learning Diversity

In my MFA program, the fiction workshops included one classmate from Pakistan and one who was Asian-American.  They did bring in helpful cross-cultural perspectives – especially the descriptions of the rain and urban relationships in Pakistan, which I will never forget. In my own writing, though, I think I’ve gained more perspective on diversity from…