The L&S Honors Program and the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, invite proposals from advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and distinguished scholars and practitioners for papers from all humanistic disciplines (broadly defined) that address the conference theme. Interdisciplinary and comparative analyses are most welcome.  Specific areas of interest include: involvement of national and international authorities in civil conflicts and resolutions; political trauma and memory politics: negotiating what and how we remember (and forget); artistic cultures in periods of political trauma.