Institute of Education


Childhood, violence and psychological trauma: transcultural perspectives

9:30 am to 6:00 pm, 02 March 2018

Aftermath of fighting in North Dafur. Image: Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Common Ground, Institute of Advanced Studies, South Wing, Wilkins building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

This interdisciplinary workshop aims to explore transcultural understandings and practices related to children, psychological trauma and memory in contexts of violent conflict and displacement.

It gathers together historians, sociologists and anthropologists together with mental health, psychosocial and NGO practitioners to interrogate how concepts of childhood, the child's psyche and trauma have been understood in diverse socio-cultural environments over time and place. It will question how these cross-cultural models of child psychology have informed different approaches towards intervention employed across cultural boundaries in both clinical and non-clinical settings, and analyse some of the core anthropological, historical, psychotherapeutic and ethical issues related to these cross-cultural applications.

Finally, the workshop will situate these debates in the wider political economy of global governance, humanitarian intervention and (post)colonialism, with particular reference to the globalisation of psychiatry, and ask how cross-cultural understandings and practices related to children, childhood and conflict can contribute to a more nuanced analysis of the universality or otherwise of traumatic experience and mental healing.

This workshop is convened by Kirrily Pells and Ana Antic. It is funded by the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award which Ana was awarded in 2017. 



This event is free and open to all, however registration is required.

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Kirrily Pells

Image: Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)