International

Network "Social Trauma"

A DAAD-supported research network in Central and South Eastern Europe


Since 2012 the IPU Berlin has been a member of the international study and research network "Social Trauma", which was founded together with partner universities from the Balkan region and neighboring countries. The network's goal is to investigate the multifaceted topic of social trauma from a trans-regional and interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to a series of collective research projects and publications on the topic, the network is jointly offering the elective course "Social Trauma" (CST) in the framework of an annual international summer school.

Grant Period: 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2020, with annual renewal option
Project spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Vladimir Hedrih (since 01.01.2020)
Project spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger (until 31.12.2019)

Project description

The research network „Social Trauma in Changing Societies (STICS)“ brings together students and teachers from Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey. It is based on the achievements and resources of an intensive long-standing cooperation within the DAAD networks „Trauma – Trust – Memory (TTM)“ and „Migration – Trauma in Transition (MTT)“. The network aims at strengthening the trans-regional academic cooperation on the topic of „Social Trauma“. A particular emphasis is placed on the influence of social trauma and the development of societies in the participating countries.


The central goal of the STICS project is the interdisciplinary analysis of the complex socio-traumatic problems and psychosocial conditions in the participating countries. An aim is to raise awareness of this complex of issues within future generations of psychologists, sociologists, social works and political scientists, and to invite them to critically reflect on their own perspective and to contextualize this historically. This is based on the assumption that, on the one hand, socio-political progress is systematically hindered by historically developed problem areas such as apathy, hate speech, exclusion of minorities, emergence of nationalists and anti-democratic movements, or the maintenance of corrupt structures; and, on the other hand, that new challenges such as growing migration movements closely linked to the social trauma of the respective countries, cannot be overcome without an awareness of one’s own socio-traumatic history and an analysis of it.


In this regard, the STICS project aims to contribute to an open and constructive dialogue between students, scientists and experts from the participating countries in order to contribute to a better mutual understanding of each other’s socio-traumatic history.

Project team IPU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger (Node Leader)
andreas.hamburger(at)ipu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Annette Streeck-Fischer
annette.streeck-fischer(at)ipu-berlin.de

Carmen Scher M.A. (Project coordinator)
carmen.scher(at)ipu-berlin.de

Julian Irlenkäuser M.A. (Project administrator)
julian.irlenkaeuser(at)ipu-berlin.de

Partner universities
Bosnia and Herzegovina
University of Banja Luka
Dr. Slavica Tutnjević
Faculty of Philosophy
slavica.tutnjevic(at)unibl.rs

University of Sarajevo
Prof. Dr. Dženana Husremović
Department of Psychology
dzenana.husremovic(at)ff.unsa.ba

University of Sarajevo
Prof. Dr. Maida Koso-Drljević
Department of Psychology
maida.koso(at)ff.unsa.ba

University of Tuzla
Dr. sc. Damir Arsenijević
Faculty of Philosophy
arsenijevicd(at)gmail.com

Bulgaria
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohrid
Chief Asst. Prof. Camellia Hancheva
Department of General, Experimental and Genetic Psychology
hancheva(at)yahoo.com

New Bulgarian University
Prof. Dr. Nikola Atanassov
Department of Cognitive and Social Psychology
n.atanassov(at)gmx.ne

Serbia
University of Belgrade
Department of Psychology
Assis. Prof. Biljana Stanković
biljana.stankovic(at)f.bg.ac.rs

University of Niš
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Hedrih
Department of Psychology
vhedrih(at)hm.co.rs

Turkey
Başkent University
Prof. Dr. Gamze Özçürümez
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
gamzeozcurumez(at)hotmail.com

Bilkent University
Prof. Saime Özçürümez
Political Sciences
saime(at)bilkent.edu.tr

Grant period: 01.03.2017 – 31.12.2018, with annual renewal option
Leadership: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger

Project description
The project „Migration – Trauma in Transition“ is the successor of the project „Trauma, Trust, and Memory“, which established a transnational network of young researches in interdisciplinary and psychoanalytic trauma research.

In the context of the question: „How should contradictory group identities be dealt with in democratic discourses?“, the collective knowledge of social trauma and the developed understanding of culture should now be applied to migration. For this purpose, experts from science and the practical field will work together with students in workshops to examine the connection between social trauma and the refugee situation. At the same time, a specialized master program will introduce the fundamental knowledge.

The already established network has experience in dealing with ethnic conflicts and building a network based on common historical roots. The clinical-cultural competence transfer is a specific feature of the IPU Berlin, whose project team has extensive experience in these fields as well as in moderating scientific dialogue.

The project has two main objectives. On the one hand, the dialogue between research and practice is to yield results that is to be presented to decision-makers and NGOs. On the other hand, media workshops and book publications are to be planned, which should stimulate both professional and public discussion. This should serve to promote the sustainable development of academic education and research, as well as the promotion of young researchers and cross-border cooperation in the region.

Project team IPU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger (Node Leader)
andreas.hamburger(at)ipu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Dr. Horst Kächele
horst.kaechele(at)ipu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Annette Streeck‐Fischer
annette.streeck‐fischer(at)ipu-berlin.de

Carmen Scher M.A. (Project coordinator)
carmen.scher(at)ipu-berlin.de

Prof. Dr. Phil Langer
phil.langer(at)ipu-berlin.de

Partner Universities
Bosnia-Herzegowina 
University of Banja Luka
Dr. Slavica Tutnjević
Faculty of Philosophy
slavica.tutnjevic(at)unibl.rs

University of Sarajevo
Department of Psychology
Assoc. Prof. Dženana Husremović

Bulgaria 
Universität Sofia St. Kliment Ohrid
Chief Asst. Prof. Camellia Hancheva
Department of General, Experimental and Genetic Psychology
hancheva(at)yahoo.com

New Bulgarian University (NBU) Sofia
Prof. Dr. Nikola Atanassov
Department of Cognitive and Social Psychology
n.atanassov(at)gmx.ne

Serbia
University of Belgrade
Department of Psychology
Assis. Prof. Biljana Stanković
biljana.stankovic(at)f.bg.ac.rs

University of Niš
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Hedrih
Department of Psychology
vhedrih(at)hm.co.rs

Turkey
Bilkent University
Prof. Saime Özcürümez
Political Sciences
saime(at)bilkent.edu.tr

Greece
University of the Aegean
Prof. Sotiris Xtouris
Department of Psychology
sxtou(at)aegean.gr

 

 

Network Trauma - Trust - Memory

A DAAD-supported research network in Central and South Eastern Europe

The project has established a transnational network for interdisciplinary and psychoanalytic trauma research, sustained and supported by young scientists. It contributes to the overcoming of individual and social experiences of traumatization, and creates conditions for subjective and collective reconciliation.

Research initiatives from Bosnia-Herzegovina (Republika Srpska and Federation), Serbia and Bulgaria have been linked with German and international psychoanalytic trauma-research projects: Psychotherapy research, epidemiological studies, basic studies of trauma experience and processing, and – as a special feature of the network – studies on the cultural processing of collective trauma by means of literature and film analyses.

The transfer of clinical and cultural-studies competencies represents a specific feature of the IPU Berlin. Its project team is highly experienced in these fields, as well as in hosting and moderating scientific dialogues.

In its first two years, it proved possible to set up and conduct mutual project audits, project-related training events and pan-regional presentations at the summer school, a coordinator conference, a multi-part lecture series in two countries, a fellow-training event and three Sur‐Place scholarships on the theme of the research network utilizing different methodical approaches in Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria and Germany. The synergies gained in decentralised research efforts were utilized in mutual and external training processes (fellow-training events, workshops) in order to validate instruments that adequately fulfill the complex subject of trauma and trauma processing, as well as to develop cross-method triangulation perspectives and design QM mechanisms, and prepare future options for bilateral third-party funding proposals. Through this cooperation, it was possible to establish a transregional and interdisciplinary research network. The latter evaluates, specifies, and publishes research findings on a regional level and addresses novel, mutual research questions on the multilateral level.

 

 

The "Social Trauma" network has been financially funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2013.