Virtual book table 'Language and Trauma'

These resources were collected around the workshop Language and Trauma in Essen/Germany, in March 2023. Feel free to suggest additions by writing to judith.purkarthofer (at)

Books and Special Issues

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Brizic, K. (2022) Der Klang der Ungleichheit. Biografie, Bildung und Zusammenhalt in der vielsprachigen Gesellschaft. [The Sound of Inequality. Biography, Education and Cohesion in the Multilingual Society] WAXMANN (Open access) DOI: 10.31244/9783830995944 *Keywords: Forced migration , persecution , lesser researched communities (e.g. Roma and Sinti) as speaking subjects , Voice , poetic dimension , particularly high multilingualism , resistance from the margins , equity*

Busch, Brigitta, Tim McNamara,(2020) Special Issue: Language and Trauma: An Introduction, Applied Linguistics, Volume 41, Issue 3, June 2020, Pages 323–333,

Costa, B. (2020) Other Tongues ─ psychological therapies in a multilingual world. A guide for qualified practitioners, trainers and supervisors. Monmouth. PCCS Books.

Kosatica M (2022) The burden of traumascapes: Discourses of remembering in Bosnia-Herzegovina and beyond. New York, London: Bloomsbury.

Lechner, Elsa; Capinha, Graça; Keating, Clara (orgs.) (2020), EM migração, EM português: exílios, retornos e colonizações. Coimbra: Almedina

Olko, J., & Sallabank, J. (Eds.). (2021). Revitalizing Endangered Languages. Cambridge.




Papers and Chapters

Brizic K., Bulut N., Șimșek Y. & Blaschitz V. (2022) Mündliche Literatur. [Oral Literature] IN: SPRACHARBEIT MIT GEFLÜCHTETEN (Open access) DOI: 10.3726/B19582 *Keywords: Forced migration , narrative , poetic dimension , oral poetry , educational equity*

Brizic K., Șimșek Y. & Bulut N. (2021) Ah, our village was beautiful. Towards a Critical Social Linguistics in times of migration and war. THE MOUTH. CRITICAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, CULTURE & SOCIETY 8. (Open access) *Keywords: Forced migration , resulting language regimes , trauma-influenced narratives , Voice , poetic dimension , resistance*

Busch, Brigitta (2016) Regaining a place from which to speak and to be heard: in search of a response to the “violence of voicelessness”. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics PLUS 46, 317–330.

Busch, Brigitta (2016). Sprachliche Verletzung, verletzte Sprache: Über den Zusammenhang von traumatischem Erleben und Spracherleben. Osnabrücker Beiträge zur Sprachtheorie (OBST) 89, 85–108.

Busch, Brigitta, Jürgen Spitzmüller (2021) Indexical borders: the sociolinguistic scales of the shibboleth. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 272.

Busch, Brigitta; Reddemann, Luise (2013) Mehrsprachigkeit, Trauma und Resilienz. Zeitschrift für Psychotraumatologie 11, 23-33. [PDF]

Chromik, B., Maryniak, J., & Olko, J. (2022). Ethnic Minorities in Poland in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Threats, Stigma and Forms of (In)visibility. COVID-19 and a World of Ad Hoc Geographies, 1157–1174.

Dewaele, J.-M., Rolland, L., Cook, S.R. & Costa, B. (2022). Mixed methods when researching sensitive topics. In S. Bager-Charlson & A. McBeath (Eds.), Supporting Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research (Vol 2). Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:

Heider, Christiane E. (1989): Institutionelle Vernetzung zur Förderung informeller Zusammenschlüsse. In: Nakos Extra Nr. 14, Berlin

Heider, Christiane E. (1993) Die Bedeutung kleiner informeller Selbsthilfe-Zusammenschlüsse und Möglichkeiten ihrer Finanzierung. In: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, Wiesbaden.

Heider, Christiane E. / Schwendter, Rolf /Weiß, Reinald (Hrsg.) (1988): Politik der Seele, München
Hopf, Hans; Winter-Heider, Christiane E. (2019): Sprache und Traum in der psychodynamischen Therapie von Kindern und Jugendlichen, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart

Keating, Clara (2015), "Desxenofobando": dinâmicas materiais e movimentos dos sentidos nas oficinas biográficas, in Elsa Lechner (org.), Rostos, Vozes e Silêncios: uma pesquisa biográfica colaborativa com imigrantes em Portugal. Coimbra: Almedina, 145-170

Keating, Clara (2019), "Biographizing migrant experience", International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2019, 257, 49-75

Keating, Clara (2019), "Coloniality of knowledge, Ch'ixinakax utxiwa, and intercultural translation. The (im)pertinence of language and discourse studies", Language, Culture and Society, 1, 1, 141-146

Keating, Clara (2022), Polycentric, pluricentric? Epistemic traps in sociolinguistic approaches to multilingual Portuguese, in Makoni, S., Severo, C., Abdelhay, A., Kaiper-Marquez, A. (org.), The Languaging of Higher Education in the Global South: Decolonizing the Language of Scholarship and Pedagogy. London: Routledge

Kiss, Nadiya; Orobchuk, Dariia; Pidkuimukha, Luidmyla; Skintey, Lesya (2022). Die vier häufigsten Mythen über die ukrainische Sprache. In: Ukraine verstehen.

Koechel, Roland / Heider, Christiane (1985) Scheidungsforschung an der Gesamthochschule Kassel. In: FRAGMENTE – Schriftenreihe zur Psychoanalyse

Koechel, Roland / Heider, Christiane (1989): Das Wohl des Kindes in der familiengerichtlichen Sorgerechtspraxis – eine inhaltsanalytische Studie über sorge- und umgangsrechtliche Beschlüsse. In: Zentralblatt für Jugendrecht, 2/89

Konopatsch, I. & Koch, S. (2022) Refugees Dealing with Complex Trauma: Dance/Movement Therapy for Survivors of the Genocide of the Yazidi. IN: DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY FOR TRAUMA SURVIVORS. DOI: 10.4324/9781003111382 *Keywords: Forced migration , multiple trauma , Dance/Movement Therapy (DTM) , Yazidi , Germany , North Iraq , genocide , survivors*

Kosatica M (2021) 102: the semiotics of living memorials. Social Semiotics 31(5): 738-756.

Kosatica M (forthcoming) The walls of peril: Belligerent symbolics of post-war murals in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In: Buchstaller I, Fabiszak M and Ross MA (eds) Time-space (dis-)continuities in the LL: Studies in the symbolic (re-)appropriation of public space. Elysse.

Kosatica M (née Bilkic) (2018) Emplacing hate: Traumatic graffscapes and linguistic violence in post-war Bosnia Herzegovina. Linguistic landscape 4(1): 1-28.

Olko, J., Wicherkiewicz, T. & Borges, R. (Eds.) (2016). Integral Strategies for Language Revitalization. Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw.

Olko, J., & Brylak, A. (2018). Defending Local Autonomy and Facing Cultural Trauma: A Nahua Order against Idolatry, Tlaxcala, 1543. Hispanic American Historical Review, 98(4), 573–604.

Olko, J., Maryniak, J., & Chromik, B. (2022). Facing Vulnerability and Mobilizing Resilience: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Speakers of Indigenous Languages in Mexico and Their Protective Behaviours. COVID-19 and a World of Ad Hoc Geographies, 1393–1410.

Olko, J., Lubiewska, K., Maryniak, J., Haimovich, G., de la Cruz, E., Cuahutle Bautista, B., Dexter-Sobkowiak, E., & Iglesias Tepec, H. (2022). The positive relationship between Indigenous language use and community-based well-being in four Nahua ethnic groups in Mexico. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 28(1), 132–143.

Oostendorp, M. 2021. Raced Repertoires: The Linguistic Repertoire as Multi-Semiotic and Racialized. Applied Linguistics 2022: 43/1: 65–87. doi:10.1093/applin/amab018

Orobchuk, Dariia (2022). Metaphern in Wissenschaftsfilmen. Metaphorische Mechanismen in Narration und Multimodalität. Baden-Baden,Tectum / Dynamiken der Vermittlung: Koblenzer Studien zur Germanistik, 8

Payne H. & Konopatsch I. (2021) The emergence of body memory in Authentic Movement. IN: Body Memory, Metaphor and Movement. DOI: 10.1075/aicr.84.25kon *Keywords: Authentic Movement, body-mind approach, body-mind experience, medically unexplained symptoms (e.g. following traumatic experiences) , memory, metaphor*
Putjata G., Goltsev E., Olfert H. & Brizic, K. (2022) Towards a multilingual turn in teacher professionalization. LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION 3  DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2022.2114804 *Keywords: Forced and other migration , school language policies , language regimes , teacher education , social justice*

Rolland, L., Costa, B., & Dewaele, J.-M. (2021). Negotiating the language(s) for psychotherapy talk: a mixed methods study from the perspective of multilingual clients. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 21, 107-117. Available at:

Rolland, L., Dewaele, J.-M., & Costa, B. (2020). Planning and conducting ethical interviews: power, language and emotions. In J. McKinley and H. Rose (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (pp. 279-289). Abingdon: Routledge.
Rolland, L., Dewaele, J.-M., & Costa, B. (2017). Multilingualism and psychotherapy: exploring multilingual clients' experiences of language practices in psychotherapy. International Journal of Multilingualism, 14(1), 69-85.  

Skintey, Lesya; Orobchuk, Dariia (submtted / attached): Bewältigung des Spannungsverhältnisses Ukrainisch-Russisch in der Familie: Erkenntnisse aus einer Interviewstudie mit ukrainischen Geflüchteten in Deutschland. In: Kostiučenko, Anastasija; Rutz, Marion; Novosolova, Marianna (Hrsg.): Mehrsprachigkeit in der Ukraine, Belarus und im Baltikum: aktuelle Tendenzen und historische Hintergründe (Reihe Specimina philologiae Slavicae). Berlin u. a.: Peter Lang.

Skrodzka, M., Hansen, K., Olko, J., & Bilewicz, M. (2020). The Twofold Role of a Minority Language in Historical Trauma: The Case of Lemko Minority in Poland. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 39(4), 551–566.

Sorokina, Anastasia (2023) Coping with a language loss: A case of linguistic and cultural re-encoding of memories in language attriters. International Journal of Bilingualism

Thüne, E.-M. & Brizic K. (2022) Voices heard. Autobiographical accounts of language learning after forced migration. LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION 3 (Open access) DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2022.2088239; *Keywords: Forced migration , trauma and language learning , Voice , children as speaking subjects , biographical research , teacher education*

Winter-Heider, Christiane E. (2005)  „Fragmente einer Begegnung: Festschrift zur Emeritierung von Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Rolf Schwendter, Kassel university-press.

Winter-Heider, Christiane E. (2009): „Mutterland Wort: Sprache, Spracherwerb und Identität vor dem Hintergrund von Entwurzelung“ Brandes & Apsel, Frankfurt am Main, ISBN 978-3-86099-358-3

Winter-Heider, Christiane E. (2010): Psychoanalytische Pädagogik mit Migranten, in: Heinemann, E. / Hopf, H.: Psychoanalytische Pädagogik in der Praxis, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart

Winter-Heider, Christiane E. (2011): In der Sprache zu Hause?, in: Analytische Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapie, Brandes@Apsel-Verlag, Heft 149, XLLII.Jg, 1/2011

Winter-Heider, Christiane E.: (2010) Kristeva, Julia: Schwarze Sonne. Depression und Melancholie. Rezension in: Zeitschrift für psychoanalytische Theorie und Praxis, Heft 1 /2 2010, 25 Jg. Stroemfeld

Wutti, Daniel (2022) Trauma, Sprache und Emotion. In M. Angerer-Pitschko & V.Wakounig (ed.) Mehrsprachigkeit, Identität und Bildung. Leipziger Universitätsverlag.

Wutti, Daniel. 2020. Trauma und Mehrsprachigkeit in Gesellschaft und Literatur. Colloquium new philologies.

Wutti, Daniel. Dem Unaussprechbaren Sprache(n) geben? Mehrsprachigkeit undTrauma (in print) Handbuch MEHRSPRACHIGKEIT Interdisziplinäre Zugänge zu Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Teilhabe Herausgeber/innen: Jörg Meier (A-Innsbruck und SK-Košice) und İnci Dirim (A-Wien) Verlag Julius Klinkhardt.