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Peace and Social Reconstruction: A Study of the Paradoxal Dynamic between Individual and Collective Bereavement

Annual Call for Projects 2001


The capacity of the human mind to accommodate the process of bereavement seems to be a major force in human beings. The process of collective bereavement develops much more slowly than individual bereavement as the paralysing or "gelling" of the process, particularly in situations of survival, has the tendency to inhibit the unfolding of the individual bereavement process, thereby also paralysing social reconstruction. This last phenomenon has important consequences for the relationship between individual and collective memory, on one hand, and history and culture on the other, either for the cohesion of narrative individual and collective identities or for the trans-generational transmission, which constitutes these identities. It also draws attention to the major problem of the transition from a situation of war to one of peace, as well as the immediate risk of the birth of new major conflicts if collective bereavement is not dealt with appropriately.

The grant provided by the GIAN for this project totals SFr 65,000

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Project Team

Dr. Jean-Claude Métraux , Coordinator, Association Belongings .

Ms Cimeta Hatibovic , Principal Member, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, Bosnia .

Ms Anica Kos , Principal Member, Together Foundation, Slovenia .

Mr Hamdija Kujundzic , Principal Member, Association Osmijeh (Bosnia) .

Prof. Juan Manzano , Principal Member, Faculty of Medicine , University of Geneva (Unige) .

Research Output

Individual and Collective Bereavement
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Theories and Techniques for the Development of Collective Mournings
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