International Multilingual Conference 2019

Post-Conflict Literature, Trauma and Global Peace

April 29-30, 2019

Since the end of Cold War, Pakistan, like some other countries in the Global South, has remained frontally engaged in regional and global conflicts such as wars in Afghanistan and Kashmir. The 9/ 11 attacks became a perpetual tragedy for Pakistan as it got embroiled in the global war against terror, led by the United States of America and its Allies, resulting in deeply traumatic experiences for its people. One measure of these conflicts and traumas is the vast array of creative writings emanating from Pakistan, in its national and regional languages, especially during the last two decades. Pakistan, however, is not an exception; human tragedy escalated further into the Middle East and beyond, due to aggressions and invasions of the powers who also monopolized trauma studies. Decolonizing this important field of critical inquiry and bringing a theoretical shift from a Euro-American understanding towards new forms of holocausts is the main focus of this interdisciplinary and multilingual conference. It also seeks to debate how literary praxis can be transformative in the aftermath of military conflicts and resultant psycho- social trauma. To this end, the conference foregrounds human tragedy not only in Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Myanmar (the Rohingya massacre), but in Pakistan post 9/ 11 and the global war on terror. The recent history of these regions makes them highly productive sites for examining the role of literature in the aftermath of the war.

Scholars across related disciplines such as literary and cultural studies, conflict and peace studies, post-conflict and trauma studies, and terrorism studies are invited to examine and interrogate different ways in which literary writers approach violent events of traumatogenic potential and the subject of peace. Conference speakers are encouraged to send original contributions with innovative ideas on how literary texts capture human experience of war and can help promote peace building.


  1. Narratives and testimonies of trauma in social reality and its cultural production
  2. Trauma in modern and contemporary literature, film and arts
  3. Therapeutic and constructive role of post-conflict literature.
  4. Trauma politics
  5. Nine-elevenism
  6. Materiality of trauma and political economy of war
  7. Oral Narratives of war trauma
  8. Humanitarianism, refugees, and trauma
  9. Situating Women in War and Trauma
  10. Mental health and humanitarian psychiatry
  11. Semiotics of suffering in arts
  12. Trauma from the margins: exporting/Importing trauma
  13. Peace, reconciliation, and justice
  14. Pedagogical challenges of reconciliation and peace
  15. Developing theoretical framework for peace education
  16. Inventing spaces for emotional praxis

Areas of inquiry may include but are certainly not limited to historical and contemporary representations of war, trauma, and catastrophe in:

  1. Fiction
  2. Poetry
  3. Life writings
  4. Film and TV
  5. Arts
  6. Non-fiction writings


Original contributions are invited in English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and other regional and national languages of the regions/countries of conflict. Speakers are encouraged to get the abstract and main findings translated into English. Since NUML runs 26 language departments, it can facilitate presenters in getting translations, on request. Paper presentations will be clustered in sessions on various themes and languages of presentations.


Prior to developing a complete manuscript, authors are requested to submit an abstract (300 words max.), a short biographical sketch(150 words max.), a CV and 3-5 key bibliographic sources.

Submissions will be received at:

For general

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long.

PowerPoint Presentation Policy

Generally, we discourage simple paper readings during presentation.PowerPoint may,however,be used for displaying bullet points, images and/or video clips.


  1. An interactive session with Pakistani writers
  2. Cultural evening (April 29)
  3. Conference dinner (April 29)
  4. Sightseeing Islamabad and surrounding areas
  5. Peace art competition and exhibition (Click Here For Details)


  1. Abstract submission: February 6, 2019
  2. Notification regarding Acceptance: February 13, 2019
  3. Full paper submission: March 31, 2019
  4. Conference:April 29 & 30, 2019




Title Registration
(Early Bird)
Presenters Students 2,000 PKR 2,500 PKR
Faculty 2,500 PKR 3,000 PKR
Professionals 3,000 PKR 3,500 PKR
International Participants/Presenters 100 USD 130 USD

Note :Fee should be deposited directly in the university account and a scanned copy of the duly filled registration form along with payment proof must be emailed at:


Title of Account : NUML - FHS- ALUMNI
IBAN (Account No.) : PK94 ASCM 0000 5514 8000 0038
Bank Name & Address : Askari Bank, I-9, Industrial Area, Islamabad



Dr. Atif Faraz: +92-51-926-5100~9 (ext. 2220); +92 301-817-3819

Ms. Khadeeja Mushtaq: +92-51-926-5100~9 (ext. 1005); +92-300-522-0064