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On Trauma, Empathy, and Resilience: A Workshop for Students Researching and Studying Traumatic Events

What are the challenges of studying traumatic events? How can we understand the biases we may bring to the table when confronted with uncomfortable material? How can we use primary sources to empathize with the victims, perpetrators, and bystanders of atrocities?On April 2nd, the Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing will be sponsoring an event for Stanford students that will seek to answer these questions. Entitled "On Trauma, Empathy, and Resilience: A Workshop on Studying and Researching Traumatic Events," the workshop will be led by Magdalena Gross, fellow at the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation, and Orysia Kulick, PhD Candidate in Soviet History. The workshop will explore issues related to the study of traumatic historical events. Through group exercises, participants will reflect on the experience of working with difficult material and develop research strategies that can be applied to their own work. Case studies will introduce students to the issues at the heart of this research, including what "scholarly objectivity" means when studying atrocities; collaboration and the ways that victims can also be perpetrators; and the importance of considering traumatic events in their historical context. The workshop will also focus the ways empathy can serve as an important tool for researchers by challenging scholarly detachment and uncovering stories of resilience that can be used to promote healing.



Thursday, April 2, 2015. 03:00 PM


Stanford Women's Center


Stanford Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing


Open to Stanford students. Please email to register or ask questions.