What do we mean by working through the past?
Mourning can be conceived as a social effort that binds communities together. Conversely, if we think of how Freud reminds us of our tendency to recoil from any activity that causes pain, how there is “a revolt in our minds against mourning”, we can also conceive of a refusal to mourn as a tie between communities. This year marks the centenary of Freud’s groundbreaking work Mourning and Melancholia (1917). Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning (2017) ranges across disciplines, geographies and histories, asking what we might mean by working through the past.
Lene Auestad (Psychoanalysis and Politics) will address the theme of mourning and refusals of mourning in psychoanalysis and critical theory, with a particular emphasis on reflections after the Holocaust.
Yacoubi Cisse (Africans in Norway) will speak on Edward Montgomery, a jazz musician in Oslo who was interned in a German prison camp in 1942.
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