24 August, 9:30-11:00
Helena Ranta:‘The Burden of Transgenerational Memory’
How can the vicious circle of hatred and revenge which is so easily transmitted to future generations be broken? In his play Ajax, Sophocles (496–406 BCE) focused on the trauma of war and the possibility of forgiveness. Could Ajax, who had turned against his own fellow fighters, be buried in a dignified manner?
The process of transmission of transgenerational trauma is unconscious. Grandparents and parents have no intention to pass it on to their offspring, and yet children have heard and listened to something and have sensed an odd speechlessness, the conspiracy of silence.
The burden has severe consequences on the individuals and their community by impeding the ability to reconcile and function. How could you forget atrocities, live side by side with your perpetrator and forgive?
Two countries with traumatic experiences and post-conflict consequences will be presented. In 1918, immediately after Finland had declared independence, a civil war broke out. The death toll of the dissolution of the Former Yugoslavia, and particularly the Bosnian War of 1992–95, reached 200,000 individuals.
The lecture is part of Aboagora Symposium 2018 Burden/Skuld”. Full Symposium programme and info available on Aboagora's website: http://aboagora.fi
The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.
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