Publications of the network "Social Trauma"

Three scientific books have been published to date within the framework of the "Social Trauma" network.

Social Trauma - An Interdisciplinary Textbook

Edited by Andreas Hamburger, Camellia Hancheva and Vamık D. Volkan

This book explores the intersection of clinical and social aspects of traumatic experiences in postdictatorial and post-war societies, forced migration, and other circumstances of collective violence. Contributors outline conceptual approaches, treatment methods, and research strategies for understanding social traumatizations in a wider conceptual frame that includes both clinical psychology and psychiatry. Accrued from a seven year interdisciplinary and international dialogue, the book presents multiple scholarly and practical views from clinical psychology and psychiatry to social and cultural theory, developmental psychology, memory studies, law, research methodology, ethics, and education.

Among the topics discussed:

  •     Theory of social trauma
  •     Psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic approaches to social trauma
  •     Memory studies
  •     Developmental psychology of social trauma
  •     Legal and ethical aspects
  •     Specific methodology and practice in social trauma research


Social Trauma: An International Textbook fills a critical gap between clinical and social theories of trauma, offering a basis for university teaching as well as an overview for all who are involved in the modern issues of victims of social violence. It will be a useful reference for students, teachers, and researchers in psychology, medicine, education, and political science, as well as for therapists and mental health practitioners dealing with survivors of collective violence, persecution, torture and forced migration.


Andreas Hamburger, Vamık D. Volkan, Aleida Assmann, Ron Eyerman, Jörn Rüsen, M. Gerard Fromm, Gamze Özçürümez Bilgili, Diana Ridjic, Thomas Maurer, Willi Butollo, Luise Reddemann, Ljiljana Joksimovi, Susanne Metzner, Beatrix Weidinger-von der Recke, Konrad Schnabel, Camellia Hancheva, Annette Streeck-Fischer, Julia Holl, Svenja Taubner, Aleksandra Hadžić, Maida Koso-Drljević, Dženana Husremović, Camellia Hancheva, Tilmann Habermas, Eleonora Bartoli, Sue Grand, Jill Salberg, Phil C. Langer, Alina Brehm, Vladimir Hedrih, Dženana Husremović, Shahla M. Eltayeb, Selma Porobić, Marko Živanović, Maša Vukčević Marković, Saime Ozcurumez, Damir Arsenijević, Nikola M. Petrović, Astrid Hirschelmann, Abdul Rahman Rasho, Vladimir Hedrih, Sonja Protić, Biljana Stanković, Tinde Kovač-Cerović, Carmen Scher, Lisa Malmheden

Forced Migration and Social Trauma - Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Edited by Andreas Hamburger, Camellia Hancheva, Saime Özcürümez and Carmen Scher

Refugees, who are often individually and collectively traumatised, experience multiple re-enactments; however, such retraumatisations between refugees and receiving populations or institutions often remain unaddressed. The split between welcoming and hostile attitudes sometimes leads to unconscious institutional defences, such as lack of cooperation between medical, psychotherapeutic, humanitarian and legal institutions.

An interdisciplinary and international exchange on migration and social trauma is necessary on all levels – this book gives convincing examples of this dialogue. Forced Migration and Social Trauma will be of great interest to all who are involved in the modern issues of refuge and migration.



Andreas Hamburger, Marcus Kumpfmüller, Jean-Jacques Petrucci, Jelena Jovičić, Momir Turudić, Žarka Radoja, Gamze Ozcurumez Bilgili, Horst Kächele, Selma Porobić, Anastasia Zissi, Maša Vukčević Marković, Jovana Bjekić, Nikola Atanassov, Dijana Ðurić,Aleksandra Hadžić, Camellia Hancheva, Saime Özcürümez, Carmen Scher, Diana Riđić, Marko Tomašević, Maša Avramović, Biljana Stanković, Slavica Tutnjević, Leonie-Marie Anft, Sotiris Chtouris, Stella Schreiber, Maša Vukčević Marković, Marko Živanović

In 2020, Forced Migration won the Gradiva-Award.

Trauma, Trust, and Memory: Social Trauma and Reconciliation in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Memory

Edited by Andreas Hamburger

Trauma is one of the most important topics discussed throughout the clinical, social and cultural field. Social traumatization, as we meet it in the aftermath of genocide, war and persecution, is targeted at whole groups and thus affects the individual's immediate holding environment, cutting it off from an important resilience factor; further on, social trauma is implemented in a societal context, thus involving the surrounding society in the traumatic process. Both conditions entail major consequences for the impact and prognosis of the resulting individual posttraumatic disorders as well as for the social and cultural consequences. The volume connects clinical and epidemiological studies on the sequelae of social trauma to reflections from social psychology and the humanities. Post-war and post-dictatorial societies are in particular marked by the effects of massive, large group traumatization, and if these are not acknowledged, explored, and mourned, the unprocessed cumulative trauma that has become deeply embedded in the collective memory leads to periodical reactivations. To address social trauma, an interdisciplinary approach is required.

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