Friday Morning Seminar - October 8, 2021 with Hans Pols - Shared screen with speaker view
Hans Pols
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Sandra Cai
What are the vital elements of doing a deep research?
Junior Oriol
Considering the impact of history on individual's character, can we really talk about peace 20 years after this genocide?
Caroline Bennett
Sandra, for me, taking slow time to allow people to tell you what they want to, and taking that seriously. Rita Astuti has a nice piece on taking people seriously, and to do that you need to give time to the stories
Junior Oriol
How psychiatry can deal with this as a matter of fact those people are still living on the same land with all of those memories?
Caroline Bennett
Junior - absolutely. There is not peace in Cambodia, and many people still suffer. Unfortunately, many people suffer significantly from the contemporary regime, which is violent and repressive, as well
Michael Nathan (he/him/his)
Wonderful talks, thank you! Caroline, I'm curious about the idea of being warm in your last quote. I've not explored it deeply, but am fairly certain from my care of Cambodian patients that warm is a kind of health, and a necessary underpinning of health. I recall a patient who felt her(living) bones were not right because she hadn't been properly warmed after giving birth (actually heated over coals) .
Caroline Bennett
That said, many people have found some way of understanding and moving forward with the genocide, and Buddhism helps this alot
Caroline Bennett
Hello Michael. Thank you. Interesting. Yes, there could be something here. Like in Chinese medicine, in Khmer medicine, the elements are very important. One of the other local ways of talking about the suffering from the genocide is about excessive wind, which is chilling and disconcerting
Junior Oriol
Thanks Caroline for this lecture, I can imagine how hard it was to get all of those difficult stories and write about them, it is such a particular skill. I am wondering, how is life now there, more than 45 years after this genocide, do we have any updated psychiatric survey in term of adaptation of individuals to their new life?
Iman Roushdy
Considering the ethos of that period of history, the ontology of haunting itself reflects shattering, trauma, and displacement. Narquis is investigating psychological burial; an unacknowledged haunting. The variety of ghosts and their presence/absence in Caroline's work, at times posing fear and threat, at other help, and yet in a third a victim of suffering, the confusion is yet a mirroring image of physical displacement and cultural divorce...
Caroline Bennett
Definitely Iman. Thank you
Iman Roushdy
Communal memory and suffering at times cause trauma, at time gives resilience through solidarity
Caroline Bennett
Absurdity is the perfect word for it
Iman Roushdy
Living in a culture of poverty confines your sense of trauma to everyday mini-trauma's. The luxury of interest in the past and buried traumas is the interest of intellectuals and those who can afford the time to contemplate it.
Michael Nathan (he/him/his)
I love that encapsulation of moving forward with it.
Maria de lourdes beldi de alcantara
Thank you …
Susana Orrego Villegas
Thank everyone
Shawna Novak
Thank you for this great session