In the spring of 2004, the Akademie Schloss Solitude organized an international symposium under the title Erinnern und Vergessen. Zur Darstellbarkeit von Traumata as part of the art, science & business program. The texts assembled here come from this event, which was initiated by Karolina Jeftic. The Reflexive Series (Die Reihe Reflexiv) reveals the results of the events taking place under the auspices of the art, science & business program.
The question of trauma as a psychopathological phenomenon is the focus of this volume. The experience of trauma as a condition between remembering and forgetting is simultaneously dependent upon individual and social factors. The single works focus on this issue in various ways.
With his text “The imagination of war” historian Jay Winter explores involvement with trauma on the question of “how” with film quotes. Lukas Einsele reports on the topic with his documentary project “One Step Beyond”, which he carried out with mine victims in Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzogovina and Cambodia. Using the example of British author Pat Barker's work, literary scholar Karolina Jeftic explores the representation of trauma in literature. Paul Sztulman does likewise in his work “Muriel, a film you forget” on a film by Alain Renais. In her essay, psychoanalyst Ursula Gast deals with the topic of trauma from a medial and psychoanalytical viewpoint. In light of his background of working for the Allianz Foundation for North America, Christopher Worthley confronted Allianz's corporate history and approaches problems under consideration of economic viewpoints. In his text, Romanian artist Calin Dan offers insight into Bucharest's recent urban history. The volume ends with a contribution by literary scholar Aleida Assmann on the question of the incoherency of suffering and guilt.
Karolina Jeftic, born in 1972 Radolfzell, studied English and German literary studies at the University of Constance. In 2003, she earned a doctorate on the topic of “The Human Factor in Literature and the Aesthetic of the English Moderns”. From 1999 to 2002, she worked in the special research area “Literature and Anthropology” at the University of Constance. Her research focuses on “Representation and Modernism”. Her teaching experience covers numerous seminars and lectures (Constance, Prague, Jena). From 2001 to 2004, she was an assistant in various projects, for example the Siemens Arts Program and in exhibition organization and book editions at the University of Constance. After completing her Solitude fellowship in 2004, Jeftic took on the project directorship of the Wolfsberg Arts Forum (UBS AG).