How many lives does a war consume?
How long does it take wounds to heal?
What does living in a conflict zone means?
Is it possible to forget what is memorable?
How can we build up life after Fear?
Can we recover collective issues? Can we once again dream together?
Some things are just impossible to say. However, can we look for them in paintings, in poetry, in trauma transformed by Art?
How can we build up real peace?
Who would do it?
The First International Meeting "Emotional Scars of Our Wars" which deals with the social and transgenerational consequences of the armed conflicts and traumatic experiences will take place under the auspices of the Institute of Peace and Conflicts Research of the University of Granada and the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations (FEPTO), in collaboration with the Euro-Arab Foundation. The Meeting aims mainly at encouraging knowledge sharing between teaching staff, researchers and professionals, as well as anyone interested in the subject, in the field of historic memory and health.
Researches regarding post-traumatic stress show how this disorder could remain silently for a long time, not only in direct victims but also in family psychological inheritance, leaving, subsequently, dark traces among multiple generations.
The law of silence to which people living in conflict zones are subject to creates ghosts which hunt them for the rest of their lives if nothing is done to fight it.
This First International Meeting aims at sharing real stories, documents and researches, as well as methods of treating the emotional side in the field of personal traumas that result from living in zones which suffer from wars or armed conflicts. Moreover, the Meeting intends to share experiences and create the opportunity to generate new perspectives through cooperative work, synergies between different areas and dialogue between theory and experience. All this is done through a program based on lectures, round-table conferences and experiential workshops, coordinated by prestigious European research experts.
Researchers from different parts of the world, specialized in both theoretical and practical areas, dedicate their efforts towards working with personal, family, emotional, biological and historical consequences that result from wars. The conferences will address a wide range of themes, from the armed conflict in Colombia to the aftermath of the terrible war of Yugoslavia; from the difficult formation of the identity of Palestinians to the mandate of silence which continues to gag the memory of the Spanish civil war and post-war. Lectures will also include sections dedicated to neurobiology and restorative justice.
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