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Professor Peter Paul Catterall, Professor of History and Policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, will organise an event entitled ‘Why Historical Trauma Studies?’ where key speaker and Associate Professor from the University of Copenhagen, Dr Peter Leese, will explore the evolution of historical trauma studies.

As Dr Peter Leese acknowledges, all societies have to deal with internal and external traumas which have deep contemporary impacts. In exploring the evolution of historical trauma studies, he will focus during the event on the following questions: “What are we looking for when we investigate trauma in the past? In which directions might the research agenda now move forward? What are historical trauma studies?”

Peter Leese is Associate Professor of British History at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His most recent research project is ‘Migrant Memory: Life-Stories, Investigations, Pictures.’

He is the author of ‘Shell Shock: Traumatic Neurosis and the British Soldiers of the First World War’, and ‘Britain Since 1945’. His most recent books, both on historical trauma, ‘Aspects of Identity. Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War’ and ‘Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After’, edited by Peter Leese and Jason Crouthamel, were published by Palgrave Macmillan in autumn 2016.

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