On 12 February, the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies organises a seminar with Dr Stef Craps (Ghent University). During this afternoon, he will discuss the possible use of the concept 'trauma' for cultural analysis and the emergence of trauma studies as an academic field.
Trauma and all its different forms
Initially regarded as an exclusively European or Western phenomenon, trauma is increasingly being studied in transcultural, transnational, and global contexts. Moreover, rigid ideas about the proper way to bear witness to trauma are giving way to greater tolerance and appreciation of the multifarious shapes and forms in which trauma testimonies come. Another sign of pluralisation and diversification is a nascent interest among trauma scholars, who have traditionally focused on experiences of innocent victimhood, in the experiences of perpetrators and other categories of people implicated in traumatic events or histories. Craps will discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of the concept of trauma as a tool for cultural analysis travelling to such pastures new.