International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

9G Narratives, Traumas and Ruptures: Constructing past, present and future

(Session Organizer) Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Huron University College; (Chair) Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Huron University College; (Discussant) Sarah Scuzzarello, Dept. Politica

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Huron University College
Research Area: International relations, globalization, macropolitical issues

This panel aims to investigate how trauma and ruptures are narrated at a social-psychological level, but also how they are governed through narrative (re)interpretations of historical events and places. How are the traumatic events and/or ruptures produced? What notions of self and others are instantiated in contemporary practices of governing traumatic events? How are people and things made into subjects and objects of the traumatic event? How are traumas and/or ruptures being reproduced through narratives and what role do emotions play in this process? To what extent can healing and reconciliation be approached from a narrative perspective and how can we understand the political and psychological dimension of remembering and forgetting? These are some of the questions we would like to explore in this panel which exemplify with empirical studies of Germany, Bosnia and Muslims in the West.