20 Feb 2016 12:00 : Cinematic Encounters with Violent Trauma and Its Aftermath: A Pulic Screening and Discussion of The Act of Killing (2012)

he Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, in association with Science Gallery Dublin’s TRAUMA Exhibition and Psychoanalysis +, presents
Cinematic Encounters with Violent Trauma and Its Aftermath: A Public Screening and Discussion of The Act of Killing (2012)

Date and Time Saturday 20 February 2016 @ 12.00 pm-18.00 pm
Venue Paccar Theatre, First Floor, Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2.

Symposium Description

Mass violence. Genocide. Pogrom. Human rights abuses. Ethnic cleansing. Holocaust. State-sanctioned terror. These are all terms we associate with acute trauma, and are devastating for the communities who live through them and in their aftermath. We hear reports of mass violence from a multitude of geographical locations with depressing frequency. There are countless stories of people being killed, tortured, raped, beaten and imprisoned in state-sanctioned acts of violence. We see photographs and videos, with increasing regularity, of thousands of people fleeing for their lives to escape from regimes that have made it impossible for them to live safely in their own lands. Perpetrators are labelled monstrous, evil, mad, psychopathic, in an effort to explain why such horrendous events have occurred.

Keeping in mind the theme of Science Gallery Dublin’s current exhibition, this symposium takes as its subject, violent TRAUMA and its aftermath, its cinematic representations, and the emotional responses of viewers when watching such representations. The purpose of the event is to help us to think about the impact of trauma, how trauma works psychically and socially, and the possible effects of watching visual representations of trauma. The event also specifically looks at acute trauma arising from the perpetration of violence over an extended period and on a mass scale by political regimes in power in a region when …read more

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