Cultural Trauma Project

The Cultural Trauma Project is a collaborative research and publishing project sponsored by Ron Eyerman and Jeffrey Alexander of the Center for Cultural Sociology.

The plan is to develop, extend, and revise the framework that was introduced in Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity, and to expand its application to research sites that are, or have been, deeply
consequential in defining not only severe conflicts but opportunities for reconciliation in the contemporary world. Even more than in their earlier collaboration — but modeled upon it — they would like to bring this cultural sociological theory to bear on civil wars, military conflicts between states, nuclear conflicts, colonialism and postcolonialism, military occupations, and transitions from authoritarian regimes.

The first formal workshop was held at Yale in May 2008. The final meeting was held in Greece in June, 2009. Participant Victor Roudometof has supplied an overview of this second meeting, which was published in the Newsletter of the International Sociological Association’s Thematic Group # 02 on Historical and Comparative Sociology (Volume 3, 2009).

During these workshops the participants share and discuss their individual papers.

These collaborations will culminate in a publication forthcoming with Paradigm Publishers, Narrating Trauma: On the Impact of Collective Suffering

Guest Participants:
Nicolas Demertzis
Athens University, Greece
Radim Marada
Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Sunwoong Park
Korea National University of Education
Victor Roudometof
University of Cyprus
Ari Sitas
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ivana Spasić
Belgrade University, Serbia
Carlo Tognato
University of Colombia

CCS Participants:
Jeffrey Alexander
Director, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University
Ron Eyerman
Director, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University
Elizabeth Breese
Junior Fellow, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University
Dominik Bartmanski
Junior Fellow, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University
Rui Gao
Junior Fellow, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University
Inge Schmidt
Junior Fellow, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University