Holocaust and Genocides in the East
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - Department of Sociology
20 Aug 2019 to 25 Aug 2019
Lesvos, Skala Kallonis
Key-speaker: Jeffrey Alexander, University of Yale
Organizer: Manussos Marangudakis, University of the Aegean
The theme of this year’s summer school is ‘The religious aspect of cultural trauma’. In this framework we will examine three cases of genocides/cultural traumas, each one of them strongly related to the religion of the persecuted ethnic groups: the Yazidi of northern Iraq by the ISIS, the Jewish community of Thessaloniki by the Nazis, and the Pontian Greek community of Asia Minor by nationalist Turks.
The question the summer school will address is: How does the religion of the persecuted group affect cultural trauma? Does religion - both as an institution and as ‘deep culture’ - play a distinct role in the way cultural trauma is formed and shaped, or is there something intrinsically humane, cross-cultural and cross-religious which constitutes the core of cultural trauma?
To this effect the summer school is inviting key members of the three persecuted communities to present their cases and to reflect on the ways their respected communities have dealt with the traumatic experience. What kind of narratives have emerged out of their communal interactions? What kind of sentiments and feelings emerge out of their commemorative events? How do they make sense of their experience? And what do they consider to be a healing process and justice?
Shik, Naama (International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem)
Athanasiou, Charalambos (Member of the Greek Parliament, ex-Minister of Justice)
Chadjipadelis, Theodore (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Grigoriou, Panagiotis (University of the Aegean)
Hagouel, Paul Isaac (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance – IHRA)
Kyriakidis, Theodosios (Institute of Pontic Studies)
Papadopoulou, Christina (International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims).
Kavala, Maria (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Registration period: 31 March 2019 – 31 July 2019
Web page: https://summer-schools.aegean.gr/CuTrau2019