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Trauma Aesthetics with Kate Erskine

In hybrid format, join us for a discussion with Kate Erskine on the visual, cultural, and historical manifestations of trauma through film.

Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 7:00pm

The “flashback” belongs to both cinematic and clinical language of trauma, but which came first? Using Hiroshima mon Amour (1959), a cornerstone of French New Wave cinema, as a jumping-off point, we will discuss cultural idioms of distress, the historicizing of clinical diagnosis, and the relationship between visual culture and manifestations of trauma.

Kate Erskine’s research focuses on the politics and aesthetics of madness and trauma in contemporary television and digital culture. From 2021-22, she held a research assistantship with the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, and she is currently the research assistant for a Buffett Catalyst Grant Group. Erskine received her BA at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and holds a masters from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently based in Paris, where she is a fellow with the Paris Program in Critical Theory.