Comparing Traumatic Cultures in the 20th and 21st Century

Open seminar with Mark Micale, Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Susan Derwin, Associate Professor, Germanic, Slavic and Semitic Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

The seminar is to gather a group of specialists from Europe and the US to explore and elaborate possible new research areas related to our theme ‘Comparing Traumatic Cultures in the 20th and 21st Century’.


14:30 - 15:15: Susan Derwin, ”The Embattled Mind of the Veteran”

15:15 - 16:00: Mark Micale, ”Historical Trauma Studies:  Recent Work, Future Agendas”

16:00 - 17:00: Discussion

Chair: Peter Leese, Associate Professor, English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen

On 22nd November an international group of researchers in history, literature, film and war studies will meet in Copenhagen to discuss the future agenda for trauma studies in the humanities and in collaboration with other disciplines. This meeting is intended to foster a dedicated group of researchers who are united by comparative and interdisciplinary methodologies. Our long term goal is to re-think present-day Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in historical and comparative perspective, and to find innovative way – exhibitions, visual arts and film collaborations – to convey this knowledge to a wider public audience. As a part of setting up this project, on the afternoon of the 22nd two of our participants will give lectures related to our central research interests.

 The event is organised by the two principal researchers of the project, Peter Leese (Associate Professor, Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen), and Dr Jason Crouthamel (Associate Professor, Department of History, Grand Valley State University, USA) together with our colleague Dr Andrew Miller (Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen).

Please contact the organizers Peter Leese and Andrew Miller at the Department for English, Germanic and Romance Studies for further information.

Click here to read an an interview (in Danish) with Peter Leese on the subject