New Publications by CTEWC member: Sharon A. Bong

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Sharon A. Bong (editor)

Trauma, Memory and Transformation: Southeast Asian Experiences

(Petaling Jaya: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, 2014, 185 pp.)

ISBN 978-967-0630-22-9


What counts as trauma? How, what and why do we remember and forget? How do these critical reflections have an impact on national identity and reconstruction, social and reparative justice?   This innovative book explores how trauma, memory and transformation are managed and often mismanaged as individuals and collectives. Using examples not only from well-known events like the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, and civil conflict in southern Thailand and Aceh, the experiences of comfort women in the Philippines but also lesser recognized forms of trauma such as the dispossession of ethnic minority students and interreligious tensions, i.e. the Allah controversy in Malaysia, the contributors examine how people experience, survive and make sense of the frictions and violence in their lives. Embracing history, ethnography, textual analysis, storytelling and art as processes of healing, the multidisciplinary perspective enables a deeper understanding of how trauma is defined and memory embedded in time and space. Trauma, Memory and Transformation also moves the discussion of traumatic memory away from paralysis and towards transformative action, in the ways that memories of catastrophe can be re-imagined as forms of resistance or even peace. This original book will be essential reading for all those interested in the study of trauma and memory in the Southeast Asian context.



Introduction Trauma, Memory and Transformation in Southeast Asia

Sharon A. Bong (Monash University, Malaysia)


Chapter 1 Trauma and History: Accepting Complexity in the Past and the Present

Farish A. Noor (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


Chapter 2 Interrupting the ‘Roll Call’ of Suffering: Bearing Wit(h)ness Through Art

Flaudette May V. Datuin (University of the Philippines)


Chapter 3 Please Compose Yourself: Testimony, Remembering and Emotion at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Sina Emde (University of Heidelberg, Germany)


Chapter 4 Trauma and Transformation in Banda Aceh: Collective Memories of a City Through War, Tsunami and Peace

Michelle Ann Miller and Tim Bunnell (National University of Singapore)


Chapter 5 Storytelling as a Means for Healing Children’s Trauma: Peace Education in Southern Thailand

Erna Anjarwati (University of Tasmania, Australia)


Chapter 6 ‘I am more than an ethnicity’: Resilience and Experiences of Trauma among Indian University Students in Malaysia

Christian Franklin Svensson (Roskilde University, Denmark)


Chapter 7 In the Name of Allah: The Containment of Trauma and Memory in Malaysia

Sharon A. Bong


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