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DAAD Research Group "Violence, Forced Migration and Exile: Trauma in the Arab World and in Germany"

Workshop "Studying Trauma from an Interdisciplinary Perspective"


Place: Institute for Near and Middle East Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich

Date: March 16th to 17th

Trauma is a very popular term, used in an almost inflationary way in the public sphere. This fact reverberates on a scientific level: numerous publications were produced by clinical psychologists and other scholars. Yet, the social and political causes of trauma are often neglected.

The present workshop “Studying Trauma from an Interdisciplinary Perspective” centers around the notion of trauma, and it seeks to create an open and inviting intellectual space where trauma as a psychological phenomenon—with epistemic premises and moral implications—can be critically examined through the lens of different theoretical accounts and methodological tools. Scholars from various academic disciplines (clinical psychology, social and cultural anthropology, and the humanities) will facilitate this exercise as they tackle the notion of trauma from their academic tradition, connect it to relevant theories in their discipline, and, importantly, provide direct experiential insights from their research programs and activities concerning trauma.

The research group "Violence, Forced Migration and Exile: Trauma in the Arab World and Germany" is a multilateral Higher Education Dialogue project of the LMU Munich with the Birzeit University (Bir Zeit, Westbank), the Bethlehem University, the An-Najah National University (Nablus, Westbank), the Dar al-Kalima University College (Bethlehem, Westbank), the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University (Beirut). It is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

For further information, contact Sarah El Bulbeisi (