Trauma in the Context of Global Migration - Opening up an Analytical Field

CityGöttingen, Niedersachsen, Germany
CategorySocial Sciences

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Trauma in the Context of Global Migration - Opening up an Analytical Field

Public Roundtable as part of the Workshop "Beyond Stigmatization and Victimhood - Trauma, Ruptured Memories and Agency in the Context of Global Migration"

Since at least the long summer of migration in 2015 representations of migrants and refugees as traumatized masses have been omnipresent in European media and politics. They raise narratives and discourses of migrants and refugees as victims in need of help and mobilized the compassion and solidarity of a revitalized civil society. This roundtable discussion aims to closely examine the multiple dimensions that the association of (forced) migration with trauma entails. Bringing together social and cultural anthropologists with academic and practice psychologists it opens up the question whether trauma as a notion and analytical concept is suitable in the field of global migration to include historical and social contexts, describe individual experiences and agency or capture collective memories.


Prof Margarete Boos (Department of Social and Communication Psychology, University of Göttingen)

Dr Orkideh Behrouzan (Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London)

Dr Maria Belz (Network for Traumatised Refugees in Lower Saxony (NTFN))

Prof Shahram Khosravi
(Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University)


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Wilhelmsplatz 1 (Aula) 37073 Göttingen Tel. 0551 39-0


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