International Study Group for Trauma, Violence and Genocide

(Stand 1998)

Der Traumaforschung kommt eine Schlüsselstellung zum Verständnis sozio-politischer Gewaltverhältnisse zu. Die großen "man-made-disasters" wie Krieg und Genozid, rassische Verfolgung und ethnische Säuberungen führen oft zu extremen Traumata. Auch innerfamiliäre Gewalt, der sexuelle Mißbrauch und Gewalt im sozialen Kontext hinterlassen bei den Opfern wie auch bei Tätern und Zuschauern traumatische Spuren. Nur ein interdisziplinärer Diskurs der an der Traumaforschung beteiligten Wissenschaften kann zu einer Sichtweise führen, die uns einem Verständnis der extremen Traumatisierung und deren Folgen näher bringt. Die in der internationalen Studiengruppe unmittelbar vertretenen Disziplinen waren die Psychoanalyse, die Geschichtswissenschaft, die Soziologie und die Literaturwissenschaft.

Der Zweck des im April 1996 gegründeten gemeinnützigen Vereins war die Erforschung von Trauma, Gewalt und Genozid. Die Organisation wissenschaftlicher Vorträge und Tagungen sowie die Herausgabe von Schriften und Zeitschriftenbeiträgen gehörte zu den unmittelbaren Aufgaben des Vereins.

(abgeschlossenes Projekt, fortgeführt und erweitert als Trauma Research Net)

Die Study Group traf sich u.a. über einen Zeitraum von zwei Jahren (1996 bis 1998) mit Gästen aus verschiedenen Disziplinen zu sieben Videoworkshops unter dem Titel: "Traumatisierung und Traumabewältigung. Diagnose und Ätiologie".

Eines der vorrangigen Ziele des Vereins war die weltweite Vernetzung der auf diesen Feldern sowohl praktisch als auch theoretisch arbeitenden Institutionen. Am 01.12.1998 wurde der Verein während der Jahresversammlung der Mitglieder mit einstimmigem Beschluß aufgelöst. Ein informelles Netzwerk von mehr als siebenhundert Institutionen und Personen weltweit war in den Jahren seines Bestehens aufgebaut worden.

Die Study Group hat 1996 die Beiträge ihrer ersten Tagung veröffentlicht. Der Reader mit dem Titel "'Coming Home' from Trauma. The Next Generation, Muteness, and the Search for a Voice" ist gegen einen Unkostenbeitrag beim Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung zu beziehen.

Beiträge der zweiten Tagung ("Interdisciplinary Research into Trauma and Violence") sind in überarbeiteter Form an unterschiedlichen Orten publiziert, so z.B. die Beiträge von Werner Bohleber, Dori Laub, Jan Philipp Reemtsma und Jörn Rüsen.

Der ursprünglich ebenfalls in Heftform geplante Band, Miriam Riecks kommentierte Bibliographie ("The Later Medical and Psychological Effects of the Holocaust on Its Survivors and Their Offspring"), ist nun online auf der Homepage des "Ray D. Wolfe Centre for Study of Psychological Stress" der Universität Haifa, Israel, erschienen und kann dort mithilfe z.B. der Suche durch "keywords" erschlossen werden. Die genaue Adresse der Website lautet: http://holocaust.hevra.haifa.ac.il

(Last modified 1998)

Trauma research plays a key role in understanding the socio-political relations of violence. Large man-made-disasters such as war and genocide or racial persecution and ethnic cleansing often result in extreme trauma. Violence within families, sexual abuse, and violence within social relations also have traumatic effects on victims as well as perpetrators and witnesses. An interdisciplinary discourse with representatives of all disciplines involved in trauma research is the prerequisite for developing new approaches which will bring us closer to a better understanding of extreme traumatization and its effects. The International Study Group thus brought together representatives from the fields of psychoanalysis, history, sociology, and literary studies.

The purpose of this non-profit organization, founded in April 1996 in Hamburg, was to promote research about trauma, violence and genocide. To this end, the Study Group organized academic lectures and conferences and published books and journal articles.

Over the course of two years (1996 to 1998), the Study Group came together with guests from a variety of disciplines for a series of seven video workshops entitled: Traumatization and Coping with Trauma: Diagnosis and Etiology (see report on the workshops).

One of the foremost goals of the Study Group was to promote networking among institutions working, either practically or theoretically, in the field of trauma and its effects throughout the world. Since this goal had been achieved in the course of the Study Group’s existence with the creation of an informal network of more than seven hundred institutions and individuals worldwide, the Study Group was dissolved during its annual meeting on 1 December 1998, by unanimous vote of its members.

In 1996, the Study Group published the contributions from its first conference in English. The reader, “‘Coming Home’ from Trauma: The Next Generation, Muteness, and the Search for a Voice” can be ordered from the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.

Texts from a number of contributors to the second Study Group conference (“Interdisciplinary Research into Trauma and Violence”), including Werner Bohleber, Dori Laub, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, and Jörn Rüsen have been appeared in various publications.

The annotated bibliography on “The Later Medical and Psychological Effects of the Holocaust on Its Survivors and Their Offspring” by Miriam Rieck, originally planned for print publication, is now available online on the website of the Ray D. Wolfe Centre for Study of Psychological Stress at the University of Haifa, Israel. A keyword search function aids users in accessing specific parts of the bibliography, which is at http://holocaust.hevra.haifa.ac.il

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(Last modified 1998)

Trauma research plays a key role in understanding the socio-political relations of violence. Large man-made-disasters such as war and genocide or racial persecution and ethnic cleansing often result in extreme trauma. Violence within families, sexual abuse, and violence within social relations also have traumatic effects on victims as well as perpetrators and witnesses. An interdisciplinary discourse with representatives of all disciplines involved in trauma research is the prerequisite for developing new approaches which will bring us closer to a better understanding of extreme traumatization and its effects. The International Study Group thus brought together representatives from the fields of psychoanalysis, history, sociology, and literary studies.

The purpose of this non-profit organization, founded in April 1996 in Hamburg, was to promote research about trauma, violence and genocide. To this end, the Study Group organized academic lectures and conferences and published books and journal articles.

Over the course of two years (1996 to 1998), the Study Group came together with guests from a variety of disciplines for a series of seven video workshops entitled: Traumatization and Coping with Trauma: Diagnosis and Etiology (see report on the workshops).

One of the foremost goals of the Study Group was to promote networking among institutions working, either practically or theoretically, in the field of trauma and its effects throughout the world. Since this goal had been achieved in the course of the Study Group’s existence with the creation of an informal network of more than seven hundred institutions and individuals worldwide, the Study Group was dissolved during its annual meeting on 1 December 1998, by unanimous vote of its members.

In 1996, the Study Group published the contributions from its first conference in English. The reader, “‘Coming Home’ from Trauma: The Next Generation, Muteness, and the Search for a Voice” can be ordered from the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.

Texts from a number of contributors to the second Study Group conference (“Interdisciplinary Research into Trauma and Violence”), including Werner Bohleber, Dori Laub, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, and Jörn Rüsen have been appeared in various publications.

The annotated bibliography on “The Later Medical and Psychological Effects of the Holocaust on Its Survivors and Their Offspring” by Miriam Rieck, originally planned for print publication, is now available online on the website of the Ray D. Wolfe Centre for Study of Psychological Stress at the University of Haifa, Israel. A keyword search function aids users in accessing specific parts of the bibliography, which is at http://holocaust.hevra.haifa.ac.il

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