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An academic network on social trauma in southeast Europe

ByAndreas Hamburger, Carmen Scher

Since 2012, and with the active support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a network of research groups from Germany and southeast Europe has been working together under the name Trauma, Trust, and Memory—social trauma and reconciliation in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and cultural memory. The present book is the first comprehensive summary of its achievements. In this historical situation, trauma research is a central concern of European scientific collaboration. Many middle and eastern European psychological, medical, and cultural research initiatives broach the issue of traumata in conjunction with dictatorship experience, war, civil war, mass murder, and despotism, and their traumatic consequences. From the beginning, the central topic was social traumatisation, requiring precise research approaches in the area of epidemiology of trauma effects.