International

Network „Migration - Trauma in Transition" 2017 - 2018

 

The project „Migration – Trauma in Transition“ is the successor of the project of „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 is applied to migration. For this purpose, experts from science and the practical field 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 introduces the fundamental knowledge.

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

 

In the following, you will find a documentation about the summer schools held in the framework of the TTM network in 2018 (Belgrad) and 2017 (Sarajevo).

MTT Summer School 2018: Exploring sociotraumatic roots of dealing with refugees (Belgrad)

September 21 to 28, 2018, Faculty of Philosophy of Belgrade University, Chair: Biljana Stanković

As a part of the East-West-Dialogue project 2018that connects German universities with universities from the Western Balkans, the Summer School’s main intention was to enhance scientific and professional competences of students in the area of social trauma, refugee studies and treatment. Furthermore, the gathering aimed to foster cooperation between different stakeholders in the area of refugee relief and psychosocial help. The school assembled almost 30 professors, researchers, experts and practitioners for refugee relief organizations and more than 40 advanced students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Serbia and Turkey.

Keynote lectures were:

  • “The Nexus of Social Cohesion and International Protection: Analyzing Conceptual Challenges and Policy Dilemmas of Refugee Integration” Saime Özçürümez (Bilkent University, Turkey)

  • “Autobiographical Narrative of Migration” Camellia Hancheva (Sofia University, Bulgaria)

  • “Integration of Refugee Children Into the Education System” Tinde Kovač Cerović (Belgrade University, Serbia)

  • “Mental Health: A Guide Through a Refugee Context” Maša Vukčevid Marković (Psychosocial Innovation Network, Serbia)

  • “Shaping Social Identities after Violent Conflict: Youth in the Western Balkans” Iris Žeželj (Belgrade University, Serbia)

  • “Cultural Aspects of Research in Social Sciences” Vladimir Hedrih (University of Niš, Serbia)

  • “Legal Aspects of Migration” by Ivana Krstić (Belgrade University, Serbia)

  • “Social Trauma and Migration” by Andreas Hamburger (IPU Berlin, Germany)

 

In continuation of the past years, the masters' level course on social traumawas held in the framework of the summer school. Other elements were expert discussion groups, a fishbowl sessions and a film screening and analysis. The book presentation and panel discussion on Vamik Volkan's book “Immigrants and Refugees: Trauma, Perennial Mourning, Prejudice, and Border Psychology” was another highlight of the program. The summer school served as platform for cross-cultural exchange and student could expand professional contacts and networks. Thanks to the funding of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the Summer School 2018 could be successfully carried out and terminated.

 

Please click on the image below to see the whole program of the school.

 

MTT Summer School 2017: Exploring socio-traumatic roots of dealing with refugees (Sarajevo)

April 7 to 15, 2017, Faculty of Philosophy of Sarajevo University, Chair: Dzenana Husremovic and Maida Koso

Participants were 16 expert lecturers, 12 experts in migration research and practice and 37 master-level students from Germany (Berlin), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Banja Luka, Tuzla, Sarajevo), Serbia (Niš, Belgrade), Bulgaria (Sofia) Turkey (Ankara, Mersin) and Greece (Lesvos).

 

Keynote lectures were:

  • “Social trauma in narrative analysis” Andreas Hamburger (IPU Berlin)

  • “Post-traumatic growth” Stephen Powell (University of Sarajevo)

  • “Research in Social Trauma among refugees” Maša Vukčević Marković (University of Belgrade)

  • “Film Lecture 'Sadilishteto' ('The Judgement)” Andreas Hamburger (IPU Berlin) & Camellia Hancheva (Sofia University)

  • “We all are Shylock, we all are Antonio: psychodynamic aspects of being outsider / insider” Gamze Özçürümez (Baskent University)

  • “Rights of Refugees” Saime Özçürümez (Bilkent University)

  • “Refugee Identity” Sotiris Xtouris (University of the Aegean)

  • “Developmental trauma in Refugees” Camellia Hancheva (Sofia University)

  • “Inner Emigration” Horst Kächele (IPU Berlin)

Besides the keynote lectures, the dialogue school compromised a course in social trauma for advanced students combining perspectives of clinical, developmental, general and social psychology as well as ethics and research methodology. It furthermore consisted of expert workshops for researchers and practitioners and a plenary fishbowl discussion after each series of workshops. In reflection groups students had the opportunity to address topics like prejudice and the experience of estrangement. They gained knowledge for a better understanding of migrations and their connection with social trauma and obtained skills necessary to conduct research with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other traumatized persons. The summer school group visited the city of Sarajevo and the Gallery 11/07/95, a memorial space dedicated to the Srebrenica tragedy and the 8372 persons who perished in the massacres.

This Dialogue School completely achieved its goal – to underline the connection between migrations and social trauma and to improve its participants' capacities of understanding and treating trauma.

 

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