Public Roundtable: Trauma in the Context of Global Migration – Opening up an Analytical Field

Event, 4 March 2021, online


Date: Thursday, 4 March, 19h00 CET
Venue: Online via Zoom
Event language: Englisch (simultaneous translation into German available)

Since at least the long summer of migration in 2015 representations of migrants and refugees as traumatized masses have been omnipresent in European media and politics. They raise narratives and discourses of migrants and refugees as victims in need of help and mobilized the compassion and solidarity of a revitalized civil society. This roundtable discussion aims to closely examine the multiple dimensions that the association of (forced) migration with trauma entails. Bringing together social and cultural anthropologists with academic and practice psychologists it opens up the question whether trauma as a notion and analytical concept is suitable in the field of global migration to include historical and social contexts, describe individual experiences and agency or capture collective memories.

Moderation and Panelists:


Prof Margarete Boos (Moderation)
Department of Social and Communication Psychology, University of Göttingen


Dr Orkideh Behrouzan
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London


Dr Maria Belz
Network for Traumatised Refugees in Lower Saxony (NTFN)


Prof Shahram Khosravi
Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Registration and access:
The event will take place as a Zoom webinar. Please register in advance via our registration form. You will receive the access link to the webinar by email shortly before the event. In addition, we will publish the access link for last-minute participants here on the day of the event.
All webinar participants are cordially invited to participate in the public discussion with questions or short contributions. The event language is English. However, if desired, a professional simultaneous translation into German can be selected as an alternative audio track during the webinar.