[13 June] The 20th IPC Seminar "A Psychodynamic Approach to Avoiding War between The United States and China" To Be Held

IPC Seminar

Topic: "A Psychodynamic Approach to Avoiding War between The United States and China"

Lecturer: Dr Eugen Koh (University of Melbourne)

Date and Time: Tuesday, 13 June, 2023 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (JST)

Venue: IDEC Large Conference Room

Language: English


(Memory studies - JSPS21KK0032 PI: Dr Luli van der Does)


Psychological factors influence international relations. The historical past of a country, especially its collective and cultural trauma, affects the way it manages its domestic issues and its foreign relations. Some of these shared traumatic experiences are long forgotten as a collusive silence prevent people from talking freely about it. The reactivation of such hidden latent trauma is often associated with an unleashing of emotion and destructive forces that overwhelm the mind and cause a collapse of rational thinking. An understanding of these processes from a psychodynamic perspective can help manage the psychological risks that lead countries going to war. This lecture is an application of some psychodynamic thinking to avoid war between the United States and China.


International Peace and Co-existence Program
Prof. Mari Katayanagi (marikat[at]hiroshima-u.ac.jp)

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International Peace and Co-existence Program

This cross-disciplinary program aims to consolidate students’ basic knowledge and to enhance their critical thinking skills in the academic disciplines of Peace Studies, Cultural Anthropology, International Relations, Law, Ethics, and Area Studies under the common key concept of “Peace and Co-existence.”

Students can choose a subject area and a specific topic to conduct independent research, with guidance from the academic staff who specialize in a variety of research fields, including nuclear damage, armed conflict, and the interrelations between development and culture. Other research interests include social inequalities stemming from issues of poverty, gender, ethnicity and religion as well as war and ethics, and security and nuclear weapons.