New Delhi, March 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): The two-day international seminar was organized by the Department of Psychology of Jamia Millia Islamia University on the theme “Psychology of Trauma: Women and children in violent conflicts” with special reference conflict in Kashmir in New Delhi.
Professor Wajida Khan, Convenor and chairperson of the conference, who also heads the Department addressing the seminar said, “Trauma is one of the most significant and unavoidable outcome of a violent conflict. Apart from the physical, material and economic damages that are inflicted on the population, the traumatic experience of violence can have long lasting and deep-rooted psychological consequences.
Witnessing violent crimes, loss of loved ones, destruction of the community, involvement in perpetration of violence, displacement, and torture are some of the common situations in a conflict zone that may have multiple impacts on the mental, social and emotional functioning of the individual.”
Prof Khan added that sometimes, the outcome of trauma is not overt and may remain dormant for a long time. “The persistence of structural violence and systems that continue to place these groups in marginalized conditions, make the effect of trauma and its psychological manifestations different and, in many cases, more intricate and severe for these sections.”
Dr. Najeeb Jung, Vice Chancellor of the host university, while speaking at the inaugural function, underlined the need for discussing Psychology of Trauma that engulfs women and children in violent conflicts.
Dr. MA Marghoob spoke about the need for multidisciplinary courses to bring about better researched papers on such issues. He pointed out that universities are the best places to make such researches happen.
Prof. Johan Galtung, well known Norwegian sociologist who is the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies and also founded the Peace Research Institute Oslo addressed the delegates from Spain (via SKYPE). He spoke on positive and negative peace, structural violence, theories on conflict and conflict resolution and mediation.
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