A Nation on the Couch: The Politics of Trauma in Contemporary Israel

We are so glad you are joining us for GJC ‘s next Israel Program: “A Nation on the Couch” with Dr. Keren Friedman-Peleg. Based on fieldwork Dr. Keren Friedman-Peleg has conducted at two leading NGOs in Israel (NATAL-The Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War, and the ITC-Israel Trauma Coalition), this lecture sheds light on how in the last two decades, a specific psychological concept – trauma – has been adopted by mental health experts, local leaders, politicians and residents, as main tools for shaping the meaning of being Jewish-Israeli today, under the circumstances of continuous, unresolved violent conflict. Focusing on professional interactions of clinical psychologists and psychiatrists with patients from diverse social groups (Israeli soldiers, Ultra-orthodox Jews, and Jews and Bedouin living in the border region between Israel and Gaza) the lecture will offers insights on how clinical questions of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of traumatic symptoms have come to intersect with socio-political questions of group identity. There will be time for questions and discussion following the presentation.

Advance registrations for the program are closed, but we want you to come! Please stop by the registration table on Sunday to check in.