Skala Kallonis, Lesvos isl. Greece, Greece

Holocaust and Genocides in the East

when 20 August 2019 - 25 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 300

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.

Course leader

Professor Manussos Marangudakis

Target group

Social science and humanities students, humanitarian activists, social workers, professionals, legislators, artists and journalists.

Course aim

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?

Fee info

EUR 300: General admission