Trauma and Memory online workshop

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023 - Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023
8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Nowadays, the notions of trauma, traumatic experiences and traumatic events are used in very heterogeneous ways. Traumatic experiences are a polysemy, sometimes involving a diagnosis (one of PTSD), sometimes involving particular ways of being (feeling stuck in time), sometimes involving the unliveability of a particular social life, and capturing much more. While conceptual difficulties persist, it is evident that traumatic experiences have the potential to disturb one’s memory because of their negative emotional charge, for example, and the feeling that one’s memory is no longer under one’s control. Nonetheless, philosophers of memory have, to date, largely neglected connections between trauma and memory, failing to see what effects traumatic experiences have on one’s ability to remember the past and envision a future for oneself. This conference aims to fill this gap by exploring the connections between memory and trauma in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.


Feb. 28
2pm CET / 8am EDT
Michelle Maiese (Emmanuel College Boston, US)
Trauma, Dissociation, and Relational Authenticity
3pm CET/ 9am EDT
Chris Brewin (University College London, UK)
Understanding Memory in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder– the Dual Representation Approach
4pm CET / 10am EDT
Felipe de Brigard (Duke University, US)
“Repressed Memory” Makes No Sense
March 1
2pm CET / 8am EDT
Heidi Maibom (University of Cincinnati, US & University of the Basque Country, Spain)
Perspective in Trauma
3pm CET/ 9am EDT
Şerife Tekin (University of Texas at San Antonio, US) & Clare Batty (University of Kentucky, US)
Olfactory Triggered PTSD: A Case Study for the Philosophy of Perception and Psychiatry
4pm CET / 10am EDT
Katie Harster (Boston College, US)
Symptoms of Trauma and Stories of Self
The talks and discussion will be in English. You will receive the link to join the Zoom meeting some days before the workshop. Abstracts can be found here.



Nathália de Ávila (University of Cologne, Germany)
Marina Trakas (CONICET, Argentina)
Em Walsh (Johns Hopkins University, US)