The Minerva Institute for German History at Tel Aviv University will
host between 23.1.-25.1.2007 an international conference, entitled "The Holocaust as the Paradigm of Psychic Trauma in the 20th Century." Though the conference will be academic and scholarly, its timing is designed to be close to January 27, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The conference will bring together prominent Israeli, German, French and American mental health researchers and practitioners, as well as Holocaust scholars and leading scholars in the sociology, history and anthropology of trauma. From a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives they will discuss the new paradigm of psychic trauma that emerged in the wake of the Holocaust, which addressed for the first time, the possibility of the traumatization of civilians by systematic political persecution, the massive, chronic or long-term traumatization of individuals with no organic predisposition, as well as the possibility of collective traumatization.
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