Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Conference: "Trauma and History" Day 1

Thu, March 20, 2014 | CLA 1.302B

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

 Trauma and History

A conference presented by the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History
Liberal Arts Building, CLA 1.302B and 1.302E
The University of Texas at Austin 

"Trauma & History" examines how the theoretical field of trauma studies might enrich our understanding of the past. Going beyond the existing historical literature on trauma and the Holocaust, the conference will explore the following themes: The cumulative toll and intergenerational nature of trauma; trauma as a catalyst for geographic displacement, social reform, and political mobilization; the fetishization and commercialization of trauma; and the methodological challenges of integrating trauma into historical analysis. Stretching from the medieval to the modern and drawing from the fields of human rights, psychoanalysis,memory studies, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, environmental science,and comparative literature, we hope to enhance, as well as to extend, the historical study of trauma and human catastrophes.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required
If you have any questions, please email

"Trauma and History" Program

Thursday, March 20th

CLA 1.302B

Opening Remarks
5:30pm – 5:45pm

Welcome by:

Randy Diehl, Professor of Psychology; David Bruton Jr. Regents Chair in Liberal Arts; 

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

Seth Garfield
, Associate Professor of History;
Director, Institute for Historical Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Yoav Di-Capua
, Associate Professor of History;
Program Coordinator, Institute for Historical Studies, The University of Texas at Austin 

5:45pm – 6:30pm

Cathy Caruth, Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Department of English, Cornell University
“The Erasure of History as a Reading of the Death Drive”

Convened by:
Yoav Di-Capua, Associate Professor of History and IHS Program Coordinator in 2013-14, and 
Seth Garfield, Associate Professor of History and IHS Director

With generous support from:
Department of History  |  College of Liberal Arts  |  Argentine Studies of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections  |  Center for European Studies  |  Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies  | Trauma and War Working Group, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice  |  Department of English  | Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies  |  Warfield Center for African and African American Studies  |  Center for Asian American Studies  |  Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Benson Latin American Collection  |  Program in Comparative Literature

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