POSSIBLE TOPICS
2020 Conference
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY: April 1 - 2, 2020
MEMORY, SHAME, GUILT: PRESENT AND PAST

A range of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:


1. Guilt, shame and genocides

  • Victims’ shame
  • Perpetrators’ shame
  • Survivor guilt
  • Inherited guilt
  • Forgetfulness
  • Guilt repression
  • Distorted memories
  • Forgiveness

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 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
  • Shamelessness
  • Parents’ guilt
  • Children’s 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


7. Representation of guilt and shame

  • Literature
  • Theatre
  • Visual arts
  • Songs
  • The media

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