In a world where we are constantly presented with images and stories of traumatic events, there is often a temptation to look away to avoid the reality of individual and collective suffering. Yet, trauma forces us to confront suffering and humanity in others as well as in ourselves; to share, witness and acknowledge the pain and its causes in the hope of finding some means of resolution.
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and publishing stream seeks to examine and explore issues concerning individual and collective trauma in terms of real life experiences, practice, and theory. Over the past century, the field of trauma practice and theory has broadly developed from its roots in psychoanalysis to becoming a dominant methodology for explaining human responses to disruptive life events. Indeed, it has been argued that in this century we are more exposed than ever to a ‘culture of trauma’.