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Anna Menyhért

Research Fellow (9/2020 - 5/2021)


Trauma in the Digital Age


Web MenyhertThis project focusses on how digital environments change the nature of the transmission, representation, and processing of trauma, and introduces the emerging interdisciplinary field of Digital Trauma Studies. The project analyses how traumatic content reaches users on digital media and how social media platforms and online communities – such as Facebook groups related to present-day and historical traumas, migrant blogs, and tweet-chains including the #MeToo movement – can become platforms for processing trauma. The end result will be a book based on case studies linked to different social media platforms, including the Facebook group The Holocaust and My Family; migratory trauma and its political background in Hungarian migrants’ blogs; the contemporary cultural and political implications of the Treaty of Trianon as transmitted via YouTube; and the resilience of trauma victims in connection with the #MeToo campaign on Twitter. The book discusses how each digital media platform shapes trauma-related communication according to its own characteristic features.


Anna Menyhért is Professor of Trauma Studies at the Budapest University of Jewish Studies. From 2016 to 2018, she was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she led the Trauma and Gender in Literature and Culture Research Group at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Her research interests include trauma studies, social media studies, memory studies, critical theory. and women’s writing.


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