The symposium ‘Cinematic Encounters with Violent Trauma and Its Aftermath’ centres on a screening and discussion of Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary film, The Act of Killing (2012). It is organised in association with the Science Gallery’s current TRAUMA exhibition and the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP). Taking place on 20 February 2016, the symposium features 12 speakers from clinical disciplines, the creative arts and curatorship, and academic research disciplines. 

The symposium takes as its subject, violent trauma and its aftermath, its cinematic representations, and the emotional response of viewers when watching such representations. A screening of The Act of Killing will be followed by short, five-minute responses by ten professionals working in clinical, creative arts, and academic research fields of expertise. Speakers’ responses will be grouped under three headings:

  • The Unconscious Dynamics of Trauma
  • Living in the Aftermath of Trauma
  • The Aesthetics of Representing Trauma

This event will be of interest to people working in the areas of mental health (psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychiatric nurses), the creative arts, film studies and visual culture, and anyone interested in politically-informed documentaries or international current affairs.

Date: 20 February 2016, 12-6pm
Venue: Paccar Theatre, First Floor, Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College Dublin

The full programme is available here.
Book for the symposium here.


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