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Trauma and Traumatization

In and Beyond Biblical Literature

Research Units for Biblical Studies

Department of Culture and Society

Faculty of Arts

Aarhus University



Wednesday 6.6.

13.00 – 14.30



14.30 – 17.15

Session 1:  The Stage of Debate and Towards New Insights (1)

Presiding: Else K. Holt


Welcome: Anne Marie Pahuus, Vice-Dean for Research

Bjarke Paarup, Head of Dpt. of Culture and Society

Eve-Marie Becker, Organizing Committee



Raben Rosenberg, Aarhus :

Trauma and mental disorders: theoretical and empirical approaches


Coffee break


Armin Geertz, Aarhus:

Religion and Violence as Cognitive Governance Techniques




18.00 – 19.30






19.30 – 20.30

Session 2 : The Stage of Debate and Towards New Insights (2)

Presiding: Else K. Holt


Kathleen O’Connor, Decatur, GA:

How Trauma Studies Can Deepen and Change Old Testament Interpretation




Thursday 7.6.

9.00 – 12. 30

Session 3 : Historical and Literary Aspects (1)

Presiding: Jan Dietrich

Nadine Metzger, Erlangen-Nürnberg:

Railway spine, shell shock and psychological trauma – The limits of retrospective diagnosis


Eve-Marie Becker, Aarhus:

Paul’s Traumata and the Shape of a Narrative Identity


Coffee break


Jan Dochhorn, Aarhus:




12.30 – 13.30




13.30 – 16.40

Session 4: The Stage of Debate and Towards New Insights (3)

Presiding: Erin J. Wright


Dorthe Berntsen, Aarhus:

Traumatic experiences in autobiographical memory


Louis Stulman, Findlay, OH

Prophetic Literature in the Hebrew Bible as the Art of Gaman


Coffee break


Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek, Berlin:

Trauma and sarcasm in modern Austrian literature: Thomas Bernhards "extinction"



17.00 – 18.30

Session 5: Short papers I + II


Session I: Presiding: Eve-Marie Becker


Alexandra Eckert, Halle-Wittenberg:

Sulla’s Proscriptions as a Traumatic Event in Roman History – Recollections from the Late Roman Republic to Late Antiquity


Frank Ursin, Halle-Wittenberg:

Handling traumatic events in Greek history: Plutarch’s Political Precepts as a struggle between memory and oblivion


Nils Arne Pedersen, Aarhus:

Traumatic Experiences behind Gnostic Mythology? Discussion of an Explanation in Modern Scholarship




Session II:

Presiding: Else K. Holt


Christopher Frechette, Boston, MA:

Destroying the Internalized Perpetrator: A Healing Function of the Violent Language Against Enemies in the Psalms


Elizabeth Boase, Adelaide:

The Traumatised Body: Communal Trauma and Somatisation in Lamentations



18.30 – 20.00




20.00 – 21.00

Session 6: Historical and Literary Aspects (2)

Presiding: Ole Davidsen


Adele Reinhartz, Ottawa:

The Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple as a Trauma for Proto-Christians


Friday 8.6.

9.00 – 12.00

Session 7: Historical and Literary Aspects (3)

Presiding: Kasper Bro Larsen


Daniel Smith-Christopher, Los Angeles, CA:

Trauma and Old Testament: Some Problems and Prospects


Else K. Holt, Aarhus:

Daughter Zion: Trauma, Cultural Memory and Gender in OT Poetics


Coffee break


General discussion

Moderator: Kasper Bro Larsen



12.00 – 13.30




13.30 – 15.00

Session 8: Short papers III

Presiding: Erin J. Wright


Kirsten Nielsen, Aarhus:

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Book of Job


Otto Mulder, Almelo:

Lists of traumatic experience: Ben Sira and his grandson in biblical context



15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break



15.30 – 17.30

Session 9: Social and Cultural Aspects (1)

Presiding: Hans Jørgen Lundager Jensen


Roberto Castro, Mexico:

A traumatized society: Criminal violence in Mexico and the search for justice and hope


Jan Dietrich, Aarhus:

Cultural Traumata in the Ancient Near East




17.30 – 19.30

Cultural excursion, Den Gamle By (Old Town Museum)


Dinner in Den Gamle By (Old Town Museum)


Saturday 9.6.


9.00 – 10.30

Session 10: Social and Cultural Aspects (2)

Presiding: Ole Davidsen


Virginia Burrus, Drew University:

’Nec sanabatur vulnus illud meum’ (Conf. 6.15): Trauma, time, and narrative in Augustine’s Confessions

Eve-Marie Becker, Aarhus

Trauma and Bible: Where do we stand and where do we go?


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break





11.00 – 12.30

General discussion

Moderator (and farewell note): Else Holt