Summer School 2019

September 20th to 28th, 2019 / Berlin, Germany

Summer School: Social Trauma in Changing Societies (STICS)

Individual and Collective Traces of Trauma – an interdisciplinary dialogue

Be part of IPU’s Summer School on Social Trauma, 20. – 28. September 2019, Berlin, Germany

For the first time, the international STICS network of universities invites students from all over the world to meet and discuss transdisciplinarily in the topic of social trauma: Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Political Sciences and more.

Lectures include among others:

  • Prof. Dr. Igor M. Kadyrov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia) – “Psychic Trauma in its Endogenous and Exogenous Dimensions”
  • Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun (Gender Studies, Humboldt-University and Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin, Germany) – “Trauma – a Religion Informed Concept”
  • Prof. Dr. Shahla Eltayeb (Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan) – “Research Methodology with Survivors of Social Trauma”
  • Prof. Dr. Annette Streeck-Fischer (International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin, Germany) – “Complex Traumatization”
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Hamburger (International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin, Germany) – “Social Trauma – a Bridging Concept”

The summer school lasts for 9 days: On 8 days, you will take classes. September 24th will be a recreational day to explore Berlin with an optional cultural programme.

The full programme is available here:
Summer School 2019 Programme (PDF)

The STICS-Project

Since 2012, students and professors from ten universities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Serbia and Turkey have been connected in an interdisciplinary research and teaching DAAD network on Social Trauma. In the first four years, it dealt with psychological, cultural and societal aspects of post-genocide and post-totalitarian societies (“Trauma, Trust, and Memory”, 2013-2017). The results have been published as a book. In the following two years the network turned to explore sociotraumatic implications of the so-called “refugee crisis” and established a dialogue with refugee care experts and responsible leaders (“Migration – Trauma in Transition”, 2017/18). This dialoge has also been published as a book and resulted in a set of best practice recommendations, adopted by a conference of politicians and NGO leaders in the field of forced migration. The network strengthens transregional academic cooperation on the frame topic of social trauma, which is highly relevant in all participating countries, with huge influence on the evolution of civil society.

The main goal of the project is to address the sociotraumatic aspects of multiple societal issues and psychosocial conditions in the participating countries. First, in the societal-political field, progress is afflicted by unmourned histories, through apathy, hate speech, exclusion of minorities, the emergence of nationalist and antidemocratic movements or the maintaining of corruptive subsystems. Likewise, societies might fail to handle new challenges like migration, which are closely connected to social trauma and cannot be handled without being aware of the sociotraumatic history of the countries. Second, mental health issues like drug abuse, violence, depression and posttraumatic disorders can be connected to sociotraumatic roots in post-war and postdictatorial societies. This can be demonstrated even in societies, where the dictatorial past is long ago as in Germany.

More information about the project from 2013 to 2018:
Migration – Trauma in Transition
Publication: „Forced Migration and Social Trauma“
Network "Trauma, Trust and Memory"
Publication: “Trauma, Trust, and Memory”


Who is eligible to apply?
Master students or students with a Bachelor degree of Psychology, Humanities or Social Sciences.

Students, who have ongoing research projects or study designs, will have the opportunity to discuss with staff members and receive research supervision. If you are interested in this service, please prepare a subject related presentation of 10-15 minutes. After having handed in an essay, reflecting the learning experiences (portfolio), students will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a participation certificate.

Acceptance will be granted according to capacity and order of arrival. Apply now!

What is required for the application?
1. Short CV (one page)
2. Letter of motivation (one page)
3. If you wish a project supervision, please send the title of your research project

Criteria for selection
1. Letter of motivation
2. Engagement in related projects and/or related career perspectives
3. Order of appearance


The participation fee for the summer school includes all lectures and the cultural programme. Travel costs, accommodation and meals are not covered.

Early Bird registration until May 20th 2019: € 290,00
Registration until July 20th 2019: € 340,00

For general questions regarding the summer school, please contact us:
+ 49 (30) 300 117 723