Crisis producing processes, initiated in the 19th century but pervading to our time, are usually described in the "narratives of pain", including the lost community (and alienation), anomie or moral chaos, extreme instrumental rationality, decaying mass culture, ecological destruction and industrialization of war, mass violence and genocide. These processes profoundly shaped the 20th century as the period of violence and trauma. Their influences are still present, reverberating in current economic and political crises, wars, forced mass migrations, growing xenophobia, populist 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.
This year course lectures and discussions will be focused on trans-generational transmission of cultural trauma and its effect to further generations. 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 formation.
For that reason we shall explore:
- Conditions of emergence and ways of social construction of victims' and perpetrators' narratives as well as narratives of other actors and endangered collective entities,
- 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
- Modes and mechanisms of trauma transmissions towards the younger generations
- Art, politics and ethics of trauma representation
- The role of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in trauma reproduction and healing processes
- Sovereignty disruptions and recuperations and their relationship to identity politics
- Trauma of exile and immigration and Hos(ti)pitality
* This course offers 3,5 ECTS points to students for lecture attendance, reading assignments and final presentation.