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Mapping the history of evil: the Columbus Centre for the Study of Prejudice and Genocide (1962-1981)

Mapping the history of evil: the Columbus Centre for the Study of Prejudice and Genocide (1962-1981)

Danae Karydakis (Research Centre for Humanities, Athens)
“Mapping the history of evil: the Columbus Centre for the Study of Prejudice and Genocide (1962-1981)”
On 28/11/2018, at 18:30, at the Multimedia room of the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology, 6th floor.
Danae Karydakis is a historian and a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Center for Humanities in Athens. She has taught at Birkbeck, London, and her research interests include the history and historiography of mass violence, the history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and the history of sex. Her book “History and Psychoanalysis in the Columbus Center: The Meaning of Evil” will be released by Routledge in 2019.
Summary
In 1966, at the University of Sussex a research center for the study of prejudice and genocide was founded; the Columbus Center. Taking as a first example the Holocaust, the center's aim was to use psychoanalysis to understand various historical phenomena of mass violence and "inhumane human-to-human behavior," such as the witch hunting in the 16th and 17th centuries, the apartheid in South Africa and the British colonialism. This paper will describe the forgotten hitherto story of the center, its protagonists and the books published by this venture.