Project on Intergenerational Trauma, History, Memory


I teach courses at masters level and Ph.D. level on trauma, with a particular focus on intergenerational trauma and its consequences. In my own writings, as indicated in the “My recent writings” section of  this website, I have written about the consequences of interngenerational trauma among Aboriginal Australians; the consequence of post-Apartheid trauma in South Africa, and the lingering effects of The Great Hunger of the 1840s in Ireland on the Irish psyche. I have also edited or co-edited two volumes of academic papers on trauma, as well as a book containing the narratives of apartheid resisters in South Africa. The books are:

Muofhe, L. & Phaswana, P. (2017). And we forgave them: Stories from the struggle against apartheid in Venda,  South Africa. Edited and with an introductory chapter by M. O’Loughlin.  UNISA [University of South Africa Press].

O’Loughlin, M. (Ed.). (2015). The Ethics of remembering and the consequences of forgetting: Trauma, history and memory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

O’Loughlin, M. & Charles, M. (Eds.). (2015). Fragments of trauma and the social production of suffering: Trauma, History and Memory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

I am also interested in  studying the long-term traumatic consequences of The Great Hunger, which occurred in Ireland in the 1840s. For further information on the Irish Famine project please click on the “Irish Famine Trauma” tab,  in this section of the website.


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