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More reviews and launching the Sussex Trauma Group




I thought I'd share a couple more reviews that I've done for the Culture Wars website.  I'm particularly pleased that I have been able to persuade another of my students, Emily, to co-review Gethsamane with me.  I think there's a really nice tension between our responses. 

There's also a review of Peter Doherty's recent performance  which I wrote all by myself!

This term I'm going to be working with Sarah King (neuroscience), and Jill Kirby (History) to explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary work around trauma.  Sarah and I won a 'Christmas Stocking' prize to kick start our research project on Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The Christmas Stockinig event involved some festive themed academic speed dating and true to form I found my perfect match, Sarah, as we fought over the last bottle of free wine.  Since then we've been working up a joint research project and liaising with a number of museums, medical professionals and veterans organisations as well as invidividual ex-combatants.

We became increasingly aware of  how much interesting research on this topic is being done across campus by postgrads and faculty so we're organising an exploratory networking afternoon to bring together people working on Trauma (however broadly defined) in any discipline, in the hope of sharing interests and ideas, so far we've got a good mix of post grads and faculty, from English, Media, History, Life History as well as psychology and neuroscience.  If any one else is interested get in touch.  

The meeting will be Wednesday 29th April (Week 2) RB01 2pm.


We envisage an afternoon made up of a  series of short very informal presentations and discussions, exploring a particular piece of evidence, (this could be an image, audio visual source, object etc) academic debate or summarising a research project, followed by a more general discussion on Stein, Seedat, Iversen and Wessely's article 'Post-traumatic stress disorder: medicine and politics' from The Lancet 2007, 369, 139-44 .


If you would like to get involved, if you have any ideas for topics for discussion, or articles to be read please get in touch or forward to anyone you think my be interested