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41 | SUMMER INSTITUTE ON CULTURAL TRAUMA

Duration
07 Jun 2021 - 13 Jun 2021
Language
English
Status
REGULAR
ECTS points
3.5
Course directors:
Nebojša Blanuša, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Tomislav Pletenac, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ronald Eyerman, Yale University, United States
Sean Homer, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Laura Izarra, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil
Mridula Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Course description:

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

ECTS requirements
Attendance, active participation in discussions and 15-minutes presentation + paper of the current scholarly work of student.
Course lecturers:
Mr Sven Milekić, Maynooth University, Ireland
Ana Kršinić Lozica, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Vedran Jerbić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Nebojša Blanuša, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Ljubojević, University of Graz, Austria
Tomislav Pletenac, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jasna Milošević Đorđević, Singidunum University, Serbia
Rebecca Carr, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Sean Homer, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Kosta Bovan, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Saša Milošević, Serb National Council, Croatia
Ana Milošević, Rockefeller University, United States
Ronald Eyerman, Yale University, United States
Duško Petrović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Senka Božić - Vrbančić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Mario Vrbančić, University of Zadar, Croatia