Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

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Protagonits, Representations and Recovering Summer Institute on Cultural Trauma
04 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018
Course directors:
Ronald Eyerman, Yale University, United States
Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, United States
Nebojša Blanuša, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jennifer Edmond, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Stefan Berger, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Tomasz Bilcezewski, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Ene Koresaar, University of Tartu, Estonia
Mridula Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Laura Izarra, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil
Sean Homer, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Antoon Van den Braembussche, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Course description:

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.

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.

This course offers 3,5 ECTS points to students for lecture attendance, reading assignments and final presentation

Course lecturers:
Tomislav Pletenac, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Sean Homer, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Kai Schafft, Penn State University, United States
Vjeran Pavlaković, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Rastislav Kazansky, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations UMB, Slovakia
Ivana Spasić, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Ana Ljubojević, University of Graz, Austria
Ronald Eyerman, Yale University, United States
Nebojša Blanuša, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Kosta Bovan, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Erich Zoltan Bretter, University of Pecs, Hungary