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A Wound Has No Voice : Silence, Emotions, and Community Resilience in the Wake of Collective SARS-Cov-2 Trauma

  • Derived from the Ancient Greek word τραῦμα (engl. wound, damage), the word trauma refers to either physical or emotional wounds. Nowadays, it is mostly used in the context of psychological wounds, inflicted by an identity-shattering event – an event that causes the traumatised to not be able to reconcile their lived reality with the expectation of a human universal experience anymore. The last decade, the last two years in particular, and the last two weeks ad absurdum, have scarred the global landscape of human existence beyond recognition. From Putin’s unexpected reimposition of mutually assured destruction doctrines via the global SARS-Cov-2 pandemic to the lingering threat of climate doom, people all over the globe have been faced with persistent threats to their most basic perceptions of ontological safety. This article seeks to examine the impact of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic and to which degree it is justified to speak of a pandemic trauma. In addition, it engages with the liminality of pandemic trauma as a shared, collective and an isolated, individual experience, and potential mitigation strategies for building community resilience.

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Author:Carolin Isabel Steiner
Parent Title (German):NextGen Scientific Review
Subtitle (German):Annual Perspectives on Next Generation Science
Publisher:Hochschulverlag Mittweida
Place of publication:Mittweida
Document Type:Final Report
Year of Completion:2023
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Mittweida
Release Date:2023/01/27
Tag:Anthropocene Disease; SARS-Cov- 2; collective trauma; negatively-valenced emotions; pandemic; trauma studies
Page Number:9
First Page:1
Last Page:9
Open Access:Frei zugänglich
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt