Coping with Collective Trauma: Remembrance or Oblivion?

Lecture by Prof. Judith Pollmann on Tuesday 25 March

Organised by Studium Generale

Tue 25 March 2014 20:00 to 22:00

Venue Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Coping with painful memories in past and present

Is there such as thing as a ‘collective trauma’ and can a group, community, nation or country’ have one – let alone cope with one? Judith Pollmann (Professor of  Early Modern Dutch History, Leiden University) explores the different strategies by which societies cope with memories of pain, violence and conflict . She puts collective memory into historical perspective exploring the politics of remembrance and the role of forgetting. Find out how ‘giving pain a place’ has evolved through time and what this means for approaching crisis in the future.

Judith Pollmann studied history at the University of Amsterdam and Renaissance Studies at the Warburg Institute in London. In 1998 she was awarded her doctorate at the University of Amsterdam. From 1995-2005 she taught early modern European history at Somerville College and the University of Oxford. She came to Leiden in 2005, and was appointed professor extraordinarius in 2007. She currently holds a personal chair in Early Modern Dutch History. Since 2008 Judith Pollmann has been directing the NWO VICI research project Tales of the Revolt. Memory, oblivion and identity in the Low Countries, 1566-1700.  She is a member of the editorial board of Past and Present.

In the context of the VICI project Tales of the Revolt, Judith Pollmann is working on a book project entitled Memory before Modernity.