Warfare and the trauma cobweb: human suffering and the emergence of technical objects.

  • Restrepo Espinosa, Maria Elena (Investigador principal)
  • Charry-Sánchez, Jesús David (Coinvestigador)
  • Caicedo Ramirez, Juliana Andrea (Coinvestigador)

Proyecto: Proyecto de Investigación

Detalles del proyecto


‘Technical objects,’ including war neuroses (shell shock, hysteria and neurasthenia) and post-traumatic stress disorder, are considered to emerge from historical and cultural practices within the field of medicine, rather than representing epistemological developments. These objects have been intertwined with disciplines such as surgery, neurology, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry, constituting a complex cobweb of trauma and warfare in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition, these objects emerged from clinical and experimental experiences oriented towards the understanding of human pain and social suffering derived from warfare. Researchers have often been unable to go beyond a medical stance and its limitations in terms of understanding human pain and collective suffering. Interestingly, the discovery of memory and its relationships with fear, shame, guilt, and trauma, became additional threads of the cobweb, with trauma occupying a central position. Trauma encompasses multiple meanings, connections, and disagreements, constituting a unique signifier for a plurality of types of suffering and illness. This review sought to elucidate the cobweb of various aspects of trauma, unfolding its trajectory since emerging during the First, Second, and Vietnam Wars. This review sought to further understandings of human pain and social suffering, and core related issues within the practice of medicine.

Palabras clave

hysteria, post-traumatic stress disorder, shell shock, trauma

Compromisos / Obligaciones

Título cortoWarfare and the trauma cobweb
Fecha de inicio/Fecha fin10/3/186/30/22

Objetivos de desarrollo sostenible de las Naciones Unidas

En 2015, los estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas acordaron 17 Objetivos de desarrollo sostenible (ODS) globales para erradicar la pobreza, proteger el planeta y garantizar la prosperidad para todos. Este proyecto contribuye al logro de los siguientes ODS:

  • ODS 4: Educación de calidad

Fuente principal de financiación

  • Capacidad Instalada (Unidad Académica)


  • Bogotá D.C.