Budapest, Hungary

Transdisciplinary Trauma Studies: Trauma Through Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

when 11 July 2022 - 16 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 360

Individual and collective traumas are increasingly at the heart of social and political decision-making in different parts of the world. Different forms of trauma shape our perception of the social reality, ranging from #MeToo and BlackLivesMatter to the Stolen Generations and the Holocaust, the pandemic, and climate-catastrophes. They impact the ways we recognize and remember but also forget and silence past and present injustices. The divergent attitudes towards these traumatic experiences determine both how our societies currently look like and how they will look like in the future. The comprehensive assessment of different facets of trauma is thus urgent.
The field of Transdisciplinary Trauma Studies represents the new tendencies in the intersecting areas studying trauma in the 21st century. The necessity to incorporate diverse perspectives on trauma coming from different cultures as well as different academic disciplines prompts the need for re-conceptualizing the field of trauma studies.
The proposed course is part of a longer curricular/training initiative; the initiative of a new program in Transdisciplinary Trauma Studies. The course thus is mapping the results of a new research field in teaching, providing information on the newest developments of trauma research, bringing together approaches from across disciplines such as cultural studies, psychology, history, computer science, gender studies, human rights, and beyond.

Course leader

Anna Menyhért
Department of Cultural Studies, The University of Jewish Studies, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

Target groups are students (BA, MA, Ph.D.) and postdoctoral researchers in various fields of social sciences and humanities, and also professionals in trauma-related positions in NGOs, cultural, educational, and policy institutions.

No prerequisites except interest in trauma-related research (letter of motivation and short project proposal).

Course aim

We will show students how the element of trauma is present in various areas of social and cultural life, and how trauma-informed approaches help understand processes of othering and traumatization, and how they can help in building resilience. We aim to make our students familiar with innovative approaches in studying trauma in different academic fields and provide them with capacities necessary for developing greater empathy: we would like our students to acquire knowledge and also to develop an awareness of the complexity of how trauma is interwoven into enduring forms of conflict or oppression, and how the long-term impact of trauma is present in our own time.

Credits info

1 EC
Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of attendance is also awarded.

Fee info

EUR 360: payable until May 28
EUR 330: The early-bird fee is payable until April 30.


The Open Society University Network is offering scholarships on a competitive basis for currently enrolled students and employees of OSUN member institutions. If admitted, fee waivers are available for students of CIVICA institutions.