Keynote Lecture

This year, Sewanee Remembers has invited eminent historian, Professor Dagmar Herzog from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York to deliver a Keynote Address.

The talk will take place at 4:30pM on April 1, 2015. The lecture will take place in Gailor Auditorium. The talk will last for approximately 40 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

Prof. Herzog will be giving a talk entitled the following:

Post-Holocaust Antisemitism and the Psychiatry of Trauma
In this paper, Professor Herzog will discuss the emotionally charged conflicts among medical professionals in West Germany, the United States, and Israel from the 1950s to the 1970s over reparations for Holocaust survivors’ damaged mental health. She will emphasize the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the wake of Nazism’s defeat and the complex atmosphere of resentment against survivors, as well as prominent professionals’ hostility toward survivors as key factors prompting a handful of doctors who were sympathetic to the survivors to develop the concepts of “massive psychic trauma” and “post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Dagmar Herzog is Distinguished Professor of History and the Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She writes on the histories of religion, the Holocaust and its aftermath, and gender and sexuality. Her most recent book is Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History (Cambridge UP, 2011), and she is currently working on a transatlantic study of psychoanalysis, trauma, and desire in the postwar era, to be entitled Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes. You can see more about Prof. Herzog’s research and publication at her CUNY page.


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