With the generous support of NYU's Humanities Council, we convened a panel series: Traumatic Effects
Traumatic Effects: History
Is history crucially bound up with violence and trauma in various forms? How do violence and trauma afflict historiography and the philosophy of history? How does history register those who have been annihilated? Can history be construed as a work of mourning? an act of violence? both?
19 University Place Room 101, Ground Floor Friday, April 28th, 4-6 p.m.; reception to follow
Traumatic Effects: Film
How does the moving image grapple with, present, represent trauma? Does the filmic text offer different possibilities for addressing trauma than the written text? How does documentary engage the difficulties of witnessing (for) trauma? Does trauma problematize the documentary form? Do traumatic films traumatize?
Deutsches Haus 42 Washington Mews (University Place near 8th Street) Friday, March 31st, 4-6 p.m.; reception to follow
Traumatic Effects: Remembrance
How do trauma and violence afflict the possibility of remembrance? How do we mourn and commemorate traumatic events? How do violence, mourning, and the necessity of remembrance shape the body politic, social and civic space, and the possibility of representation?
Friday, January 27th, 4-6 p.m. Reception to follow King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South
Traumatic Effects: Vision and Culture
How does trauma impact the formation of culture? What is the relation of culture and violence? Does cultural production mediate, sublimate, and translate trauma and violence, or does it somehow also perpetuate, reproduce or initiate violence? How to think through the violence of culture?
THE DRAWING CENTER Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.; reception to follow
The Drawing Center’s current exhibition, Persistent Vestiges: Drawing from the American-Vietnam War, explores war, trauma, and culture. Thirty years after the fall of Saigon, Persistent Vestiges brings together work by Vietnamese and American artists from the war-era and the present day. A thought-provoking setting for this panel.