The Kolo: WCCC 2nd International Summit on “NonKilling Cultures”

Healing Transgenerational Trauma

1) Facilitate Women’s Trauma Narratives fostering dialogue and Advocacy, Activism Actions:
These sessions focus on the overall summit’s mission that all participants take part in; Supporting International Women’s Human Rights Activities as catalyst for change and haling transgenerational trauma. They are intended for processing the conference experience, delving further into issues presented, addressing relevant issues and questions fostering an environment formulating action plans and collaborations for applications of intensified learning, and additional networking opportunities. Content from keynotes, breakout sessions, topical panel and multimedia presentations provide the stimulus for these trauma healing dialogues woven throughout the days of the program.
2) Live 2-way Global Links to Other Countries:
In addition to on-site presenters and participants, to expand the size and reach of the summit key speakers in other countries will be Skyped or Zoom into the summit for real-time, 2-way participation.
3) Interactive Community Experiences offer opportunities for cross-cultural sharing and appreciation, social interaction, and critical social collective community building.
4)  Interdisciplinary Healing Intergenerational Trauma, Multi-cultural Learning Community:
A key intent of the summit is building an interactive learning social collective community and common ground of reference to promote a concerted effort in exploring how women’s human rights and trauma narratives are part of agency parlance towards healing and integrating what we learned from the women trauma issues and human rights concerns. The program framework encourages participants to learn from prepared material while also bringing their own experience, perspectives, and wisdom to bear in exploring the theme of the Kolo: WCCC’s NonKilling Cultures. The speakers and participants are the experts in a variety of relevant fields will be on hand to both provide presentations and participate in the program alongside all participants, including facilitated dialogue groups that further support sharing and processing intensified learning.

The 2019 Summit will place emphasis on;

Women’s transgenerational trauma healing emerges in response to unjust conditions. In that regard, women have played a significant but invisible role, in their rights to challenge longstanding subordinate social, political, rule of law and economic inequalities, across areas of healing trauma, war crimes, war, violence, genocide, gynocide, ethnic hatreds, diaspora, refugees, race, class, sexuality, and identity studies. The Kolo Informed Trauma Care continues to instill material, social, cultural, and political changes, self-worth, and recognition of women as an invaluable nonkilling resource in face of diverse forms of subordination in a world of violence.

Women’s Issues: Trauma Healing Practices, Nonkilling Cultures, Motherhood, Empowerment in Feminist Narratives.

Themes: Women’s Trauma- psychology, neurobiology, neuroscience, Women’s Human Rights, Holocaust, Genocide & Gynocide Studies, Violence against Women, Women’s Social Collective, Peace and Social Justice Activism, Cultural Psychology, Anthropology, International Studies, Knowledge Management, Rule of Law.

While women issues have been discussing the alliances between a diverse range of organizations and issue-based movements within a global society, transgenerational trauma and a diverse cast of women at the front-lines of wars and violence has been absent.  With the women life experiences on the front-lines, the kolo (Serbo-Croatian) to be in a circle or to dance the folk round dance) has been found to be a nonkilling collaborative social collective healing women’s issues thus their families and communities.

The Kolo Informed Trauma Care in the context of healing trauma and motherhood, witnessed new narratives emerge alongside contemporary forms of activism. It is through narratives of trauma and motherhood call for new approximations to the marginalized voices and life experiences of women.

As a means of a collaborative and cross-cultural collaborative expression, representation, and political change against patriarchal ideological domination, this panel invites abstracts for women focused psychology, a wide interdisciplinary scholarly works and more importantly women at the front lines that examine the nonkilling intersectionality; the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

“Through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us.”

For example, representations of motherhood and trans-generational trauma, non-killing approaches discourses on slavery, refugees, human trafficking, war-time sexual violence, adoption, or domestic violence). Central to the non-killing Kolo Informed Trauma care discourses, the question can be posed as to which forces shape both women’s marginalized voices and obfuscate women’s capacity to create a peaceful culture thus eradicating violence and healing trans-generational trauma. How do women and mothers empower themselves through different means of activism (art, expression of their life experiences, herstory, writing, political activity, volunteerism, etc.) that are already grounded in the non-killing Kolo Informed Trauma Care practices?

There is no single story, but rather, shared visions of healing trans-generational trauma traversing categories of race, class, ethnicity, and national origin. As such, we welcome abstracts (250 words) across genres and disciplines and invite You, women on the front-lines, students, faculty, and independent scholars to submit academic papers, creative writing, and artistic pieces that address topics in trans-generational trauma healing approaches and practices, non-killing and cultural psychological identification, genocide-gynocide, or women’s studies.

Articles and/or clinical research may originate or enter into dialogue with current women’s issues in a world of violence.  Please note, interviews with the Bosnian war crime and war survivors will be available. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following: cross cultural and ethnic divides; analysis of women’s movements; Research and historiography of individual women; Intersectionality and violence against women in nonkilling Kolo Informed trauma Care; Women’s and material feminist contributions to/effects on industrial or labor fields; Feminist Ethics/Philosophy; LGBTQ+ topics. Individual proposals should be submitted to Congress Chair – Dr. Danica Anderson Danica@kolocollaboration.org. The proposal deadline has passed, and no longer being accepted. Please join us as a participant and register to attend.

Chairs: Dr. Danica Anderson, The Kolo: WCCC, Dr. David Pettigrew, Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Belma Sadikovic, Minnesota State University, Dr. Refik Sadikovic, Boise State University, Dr. Sanja Garic, British Columbia Institute of Technology.