“Social Trauma in Changing Society (STICS) – Exploring sociotraumatic roots of dealing with change from a psychological and social sciences perspective”

BERLIN, 20. – 28.09. 2019.



The Dialogue Project connects students and professors from Western Balkan and German universities, which has been reinforced by Greek and Turkish universities since 2017. It builds upon results and resources from an intensive six-year cooperation in the DAAD research networks “Trauma, Trust, and Memory” and “Migration – Trauma in Transition”. It strengthens transregional academic cooperation on the frame topic of social trauma, which is highly relevant in all six participating countries, with huge influence on the evolution of civil society.

The main goal of the project is to advertise the sociotraumatic aspects of multiple societal issues and psychosocial conditions in the participating countries. First, in the societal-political field, progress is afflicted by unmourned histories, through apathy, hate speech, exclusion of minorities, the emergence of nationialist and antidemocratic movements or the maintaining of corruptive subsystems. Likewise, societies might fail to handle new challenges like migration, which are closely connected to social trauma and cannot be handled without being aware of the sociotraumatic history of the countries. Second, mental health issues like drug abuse, violence, depression and posttraumatic disorders can be connected to sociotraumatic roots in post-war and postdictatorial societies. This can be demonstrated even in societies, where the dictatorial past is long ago as in (Western) Germany.

More information about The Dialogue School Project can be found on and

In 2019. the Dialogue Project is organizing the 5th Summer School in social trauma with the main aims to:

  • Teach students specific knowledge on social trauma and its social and mental health consequences
  • Help students gain experience in writing scientific papers on the topic, co-reviewed by researchers and experts.
  • Help students develop the research skills in the area of social trauma in direct contact with researchers and practitioners.
  • Present and plan for cross-cultural research


This year Summer school will take place in Berlin, Germany at International Psychoanalytical University from 20th to 28th of September.

The Summer school lasts for 7 days in which the students take classes in following modules:

  1. General Social Trauma
  2. Developmental Aspects of Social Trauma
  3. Clinical Aspects of Social Trauma
  4. Methodology of Research in Social Trauma
  5. Social Aspects of Social Trauma
  6. Ethics in Research and work in the area of Social Trauma

Students are also provided with supervised small group reflections and supervision for their own research designs.

The official language of the Summer School is English.


3.1     Who is eligible to apply

  1. Students of the master studies in humanities or social sciences
  2. Students working with migrants and interested in social trauma

The funds (travel, accommodation and per diem) are provided for 2 students (Priority given to MS students enrolled in Trauma in Development elective course).

3.2     What is required for the application?

In order to apply, students with practical experience in the field could instead of Motivation Letter submit the Research Design Project covering some of the following: the topic of migration, migration policies, individual consequences of trauma among migrants or impact of social trauma on well-being of migrants and population in countries of destination.

The list of the documents for application:

  1. CV
  2. LETTER OF MOTIVATION (why does one want to be in this particular Summer School)


  1. The quality of research projects, especially if the project will be done as master thesis
  2. Motivation with the special emphasis on the continuation for future career
  3. Engagement in related projects

Students accepted through the selection procedure will be funded by the Project, while students who do not receive the funds but meet the criteria of the eligibility will be accepted as SELF FUNDED (they will have to cover all the expenses).

The documents should be sent no later than April, 5th 2019. to

The selection of the candidate will be done on 6-7th April at a meeting of two Bulgarian representatives and one of the senior researchers in the Partners’ Universities. The candidates will be informed about the decision by mail no later than 30th March 2019.


Looking forward to meet you in Berlin.

STICKS Network