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A conversation with Jill Salberg and Sue Grand about their new book

Transgenerational Trauma – A Contemporary Introduction"

A conversation with Jill Salberg and Sue Grand about their new book

Sunday, July 14, 2024, 7:30pm - 9:15 pm (Israel Time; UTC+2)
New York time: 12:30pm, UK time: 5:30pm

Zoom Event: Launch of "Transgenerational Trauma – A Contemporary Introduction" (Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis) by Jill Salberg and Sue Grand

"There is, in each survivor, an imperative need to tell and thus to come to know one’s story, unimpeded by ghosts from the past against which one has to protect oneself. One has to know one’s buried truth in order to be able to live one’s life." (Dori Laub)

We are excited to announce the launch of the groundbreaking book "Transgenerational Trauma" by Jill Salberg and Sue Grand.

"Transgenerational Trauma – A Contemporary Introduction" delves into the complex and expansive field of trauma and its transmission across generations asking, ‘How do our forebearers flow through us?’. The book begins by tracing the history of this field, highlighting its roots in diverse theoretical traditions. It places transgenerational transmissions within the context of attachment theory and research, exploring the roles of victims, perpetrators, and witnesses in the healing process, informed by an ethic of social justice. Salberg and Grand challenge existing psychoanalytic theories, questioning the universal assumptions that often overlook non-Western and non-white patients and cultures.

The authors bring their transgenerational histories to this topic and acknowledge how their cultural context also limits what they can know and present. They keep in mind the question of whose histories are present in the literature and whose are absent.  Whose narrative dominates and whose disappears?

During the event, several critical questions will be discussed:

1.   How does the history of attachment theory inform our understanding of transgenerational trauma?

2.   In what ways do victims, perpetrators, and witnesses contribute to the healing process?

3.   How has psychoanalysis incorporated witnessing as a conceptual framework?

4.   What can relational trauma theory inform us about transgenerational trauma?

5.   What are the theoretical biases in psychoanalysis, and how do they impact the study of transgenerational trauma?

6.   How can we address the limitations embedded in the transgenerational literature when considering non-Western and non-white patients and cultures?

7.   How can dialogues across differences help move us toward social justice?

This event is particularly timely in light of the ongoing war that began on October 7, where many survivors are experiencing profound trauma. The current conflict underscores the relevance of transgenerational trauma, as the wounds of the past continue to influence present experiences and relationships. The book’s exploration of how trauma is passed down and the importance of understanding our own histories and those of others is crucial for fostering resilience and hope in these challenging times.

To purchase the book with 20% discount use code EFLY01

Jill Salberg is a Faculty at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. She is the editor of Psychoanalytic Credos: Professional Journeys of Psychoanalysts (2022) and Good Enough Endings (2010).

Dr. Sue Grand, PhD is a Faculty at the New York University Postdoctoral Program

in Psychoanalysis. She is the author of The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude (2009) and The Reproduction of Evil (2002).

She has co-edited two books with Lewis Aron and Joyce A. Slochower: Decentering Relational Theory: A Comparative Critique and

De-Idealizing Relational Theory: A Critique From Within (both 2018). Jointly they are the editors of Wounds of History: Repair and Resilience in the Trans-Generational Transmission of Trauma (2017) and Transgenerational Trauma and the Other: Dialogues across History

and Difference (2017), both won the Gradiva award in 2018.

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