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Communicating the Unthinkable: A Psychodynamic Perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2017 (English)In: Memory and Genocide: On What Remains and the Possibility of Representation / [ed] Fazil Moradi, Ralph Buchenhorst, Maria Six-Hohenbalken, Routledge, 2017, p. 107-121Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Experiences of genocide have often an emotionally and intellectually evasive quality which makes them difficult, and sometimes impossible, to share with others. Analyzing documentary films and academic teaching, through psychodynamic concepts of containment, trauma, and memory, two qualitatively different ways of communicating the experience of genocide are found: embodied representation and contained representation. While the first communicates the traumatic or unthinkable content of genocide, the second communicates the non-traumatic or thinkable. The author proposes that any student and scholar of needs to move between the grey opacity of genocide experience, and the clear understanding of embodied and contained representation.

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Routledge, 2017. p. 107-121
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Memory Studies: Global Constellations
Keywords [en]
genocide, communication, psychodynamic theory, representation, memory, wordless, epistemology, political violence, experience, trauma, embodiment, containment, documentary film, academic teaching, Cambodia, Sierra Leone
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151836ISBN: 9781472482013 (print)ISBN: 9781315594897 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151836DiVA, id: diva2:1175766
Available from: 2018-01-18 Created: 2018-01-18 Last updated: 2018-01-19Bibliographically approved

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