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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: Loren Dent

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The rhetoric of trauma has saturated the medical, academic and political spheres in the past two decades, exemplified by the rapid rise of interdisciplinary trauma studies. In contemporary parlance, trauma is qualified as being acute, collective, complex, vicarious and intergenerational, and is implicated in clinical and political concerns ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to free speech debates. What is trauma, and how does it function both personally and collectively–at the level of culture, civil society, and politics?

This course will offer a critical introduction to the discourse of trauma as it relates to psychopathology, identity, and history. We will conceptualize trauma by tracing its history within psychoanalysis and empirical psychology, beginning with competing theories of traumatic hysteria between Sigmund Freud and Pierre Janet, and continuing to more recent relational and intersubjective accounts of trauma. Students will be encouraged to think through the implications of various theories of trauma on identity and subjective pain. Questions relating to both the origin of trauma in a given individual and the genealogy of trauma discourse will be addressed, as well as the critical problems that arise in thinking of collective traumas such as war, genocide and racism. Readings will include the work of Freud and Janet, Jean Laplanche, Philip Bromberg, Ricardo Ainslie, Dori Laub, Bessel Van Der Kolk and Ruth Leys.

Please Note: There *is* no physical Brooklyn Institute. We hold our classes all over (thus far) Brooklyn and Manhattan, in alternative spaces ranging from the back rooms of bars to bookstores to spaces in cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. We can (and do) turn any space into a classroom. You will be notified of the exact location when you register for a class.

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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...

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