17 May 2018
Torture and Therapeutic Temporality in a rehabilitation clinic for survivors of torture in Denmark

Seminar Violence and exiting violence - Thursday, May 17, 2018

At the heart of a therapeutic process lies the temporality of healing, an expectation of, at least, a minimum of measurable improvement. What if, however, the trajectory of a life, or suffering, fail to move along this anticipation of a cure?  Chronic pain, terminal, and life-long illnesses are part of a spectrum that challenges conventional medicine. Yet among health professionals who have worked with victims of torture and political violence there is a tacit understanding that whereas some form of improvement is possible through highly specialized and evidence based treatment for, for instance, PTSD, torture poses a particular challenge for the people working to improve the overall health and well-being of the afflicted person.

Based on fieldwork in a rehabilitation clinic for survivors of torture in Denmark this paper argues that some forms of affliction pose a distinct challenge to the temporal logic of healing. Lotte Buch Segal understands the difficulty of treating the long-term sequalae of torture as a difficulty residing in an ethical –temporal register. The argument pursued is that the intersection of ethics and temporality may hold a clue so as to understand the difficulties in offering solace to the pain that follows from torture. Taking Toby Kelly’s insigth that the lack of acknowledging the pain of torture resides not in the inability of the victim to speak but in our willingness to listen the difficulty of treating the long-term sequalae of torture speaks directly to the possibilities of making and living a life that host countries are able to offer refugees who have experienced torture in their home country or en route to Europe.


Lotte Buch Segal



Thursday, May 17, 2018
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Salle A3-35
FMSH | 54, bd Raspail Paris 6

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Seminar Violence and exiting violence

Seminar sessions will take place in the meeting room A335 at 54 bd Raspail 75 006 Paris, except the introductory session and the roudtable for which the place will be subsequently specified.


8 November 2017
Introduction | Michel Wieviorka, Jean-Pierre Dozon et Yvon Le Bot
"The Emergence of Terrorism" | Marc Sageman

22 November 2017
"Le jihadisme des femmes" | Fethi Benslama

27-28 November 2017
Colloque international "Sortie de la violence, construction de la paix et mémoire historique en Colombie"

6 December 2017
"Proscribing terrorism: Security, Identity, Politics" | Lee Jarvis

21 December 2017
Table ronde "Radicalités violentes : perspectives comparatistes" | Farhad Khosrokhavar, Jérôme Ferret, Dominique Thomas

11 January 2018
"Humanitarian actions in extreme violent situations (Great Lakes region, Africa)" | Marc Le Pape and Jean-Hervé Bradol

25 January 2018
"Actors of the Syrian conflict: from inextricable rivalries to new perspectives of cooperation?" | Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro et Anis Anani

8 February 2018
« Apocalypses » | François Hartog

15 February 2018 - ANNULÉ
Table ronde : « La religion comme ressource de dé-radicalisation ? L’expérience des confréries »

8 March 2018
« Des histoires comparées : guerre et religions avant l’époque contemporaine » | Philippe Buc

14 March 2018
"How to define terrorisme?" | Marc Sageman, Michel Wieviorka

5 April 2018
« Sexual Violence during War: Towards a Typology of Political Violence » | Elisabeth Wood

13 April 2018
« Disciplining Fighters: Non-State Armed Groups and the Prevention of Wartime Sexual Violence » | Angela Muvumba-Sellstrom

3 May 2018
« Phénoménologie de la violence politique : formes, sens et expériences sensibles de l’émeute » | Romain Huet

17 May 2018
« Torture and Therapeutic Temporality in a rehabilitation clinic for survivors of torture in Denmark » | Lotte Buch Segal

31 May 2018
« Symbiosis of terrorist tactics and high tech: with some unthinkable counter-measures » | Randall Collins

5 June 2018
Table ronde « Djihadisme et radicalités en Asie » | Rémi Castets, Rémy Madinier et Jean-Luc Racine



In 2017/2018, The Conversation is a partner of the Violence and exiting violence Plateforme. In collaboration with Plateforme's members, the magazine will publish articles on the entry and exiting violence processus.


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