Cultural Trauma: Holocaust and Genocides in the East - CuTrau2019

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - Department of Sociology
20 Aug 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

Extra Curriculum Cultural Activities (18-26 August) (optional)



First Day – 20 August

First Session (09.00 -10.00)

Key-speeker: Jeffrey Alexander - The Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University

Α general model of cultural trauma

Cultural trauma theory looks at the experience of social suffering from a collective rather than individual point of view, thus engaging a sociological rather than psychological perspective. It is the cultural and agency of a particular social group at a particular social time that "constructs" the nature of trauma and its impact. What actually has happened that has caused such an experience of pain? Who are the perpetrators of this injury? Who are the victims? What can be done to overcome the cultural trauma or at least to prevent it from happening again? Each of these questions is addressed in the model of social trauma that has developed over the last two decades. Answers to these questions allocate blame and determine the nature of social responsibility. In my lecture, I will present a general model of cultural trauma and illustrate it with empirical reference to instances of massive social suffering from around the globe.


Second Session (10.15-13.15)

The Asia Minor Pontic community

1) Theodosios Kyriakidis - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2) Ananias Tsirambides - Representative of the Pontian community of Thessaloniki.

3) Theodoros Chadjipadeli -  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Third Session (14.00-16.00)

Discussion with the participants and CT students


Second Day – 21 August

The Yazidi community

First Session (09.00-12.00)


1) Jamileh Naso - Co-founder and President of the Canadian Yazidi Association and leader of Operation Ezra

2) Hamad Marwan (Sangal, Iraq) - Representative of the refugee Yazidi Community in Lesvos 

Second Session (13.00-15.00)

Discussion with the participants and the CT students


Third Day – 22 August

The Thessaloniki Jewish community

First Session (09.00-12.00)


1) Maria Kavala - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

2) Paul Isaac Hagouel - Member of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki and member of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance – IHRA

3) Veniamin Albalas - Holocaust Survivor (hidden child) - First Vice-President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece


Second Session (13.00-15.00)

Discussion with the participants and the CT students


Forth Day – 23 August

First Session (09.00-12.00)

Studying and Preventing Genocides

1) Na'ama Shik - Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

2) Theodosios Kyriakidis - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

3) Maria Kavala - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Second Session (13.00-15.00)

Discussion. Questions and comments by the participants and CT students


Fifth Day – 24 August

Visit to Kara Tepe and Moria refugee camps and meeting with representative of the refugees in situ.

Return to Skala Kallonis – Discussion and reflections


Sixth Day – 25 August

First Session (09.00-12.00)

Legislating against racism and antisemitism

1) Charalampos Athanasiou - Member of the Parliament, Ex-Minister of Justice, and Chair of the Union of Judges and Prosecutors

2) Panagiotis Grigoriou - Aegean University

Second Session (13.00-15.00)

Manussos Marangudakis: Reflections on the summer school