Crisis producing processes, initiated in the 19th century but pervading to our time, are usually described in the narratives of the lost community (and alienation), anomie or moral chaos, extreme instrumental rationality, decaying mass culture, ecological destruction and industrialization of war, mass violence, genocide, and global traumas of socialism and capitalism. These processes profoundly shaped the 20th century as an exemplary period of violence and trauma. Their influences are still present, reverberating in current economic and political crises, wars, forced mass migrations, growing populism, xenophobia and fascist tendencies especially in Europe, as well as in other parts of the world.
The main goal of this course is to explore and understand the thorny issue of traumatic (post/sub/beyond)-national self-perception, and to create a platform for intercultural knowledge exchange.
Course lectures and discussions deal with causes, faces and consequences of cultural trauma, trans-generational transmission of cultural trauma and its effect to further generations, relationship between trauma and civil repair and reconciliation etc. Our permanent interest also involve explorations of multiple faces of cultural traumas, expressed in narratives of victims, perpetrators, bystanders, helpers, opponents and other categories of people involved in its discursive formation.
For these reasons we shall explore:
- Conditions of emergence and ways of social construction of victims' and perpetrators' narratives as well as narratives of other endangered collectivities,
- Dynamics of their relationships within the same and between different collectivities and discourses of the Nation and Culture,
- Roles of various protagonists in the construction of trauma (carrier groups, victims, survivors, bystanders, the public etc.)
- Dynamics and relationships of individual and collective trauma narratives
- Ideological continuities and discontinuities in meaning making processes and trauma memory
- Art, politics and ethics of trauma representation
- The role of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in trauma reproduction, healing processes and civil repair
- Sovereignty disruptions and recuperations and their relationship to identity politics
- Trauma of exile and immigration
- Trauma of pandemics
Video Lectures 2021:
Duško Petrović - Ordinary Affects During Democratization of Violence in the Context of the Breakup of Yugoslavia
Vedran Jerbić - The Hegemonic Significance of Victimhood Narratives The Case of Microaggression
Jasna Milošević Đorđević - Endorsement and Effects of Ethos of Conflict in Serbia: Serb Albanian Conflict
Nebojša Blanuša - Vukovar as Cultural Trauma: A City Captured by Politics and Frozen in Time
Sven Milekić - A Protest, Coup d’état or Internal Party Power Struggle: What Motivated Croatian War Veterans to Hit the Streets?
Kosta Bovan - Cultural Trauma and Comic Books. Inheriting Trauma - The Cases of Heimat, Sunday's Child, and Fatherland
Rebecca Carr - Keeping the 'Dream' Alive in Cinema & Television
Ana Kršinić Lozica - New memory for the Old Trauma Recent Film Production on Jasenovac Camp