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Addressing cycles of violence in (post-) conflict regions from a clinical perspective - 27 January 2021

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Speaker: Dr Anselm Crombach, University of Konstanz

Chair: Dr Alison Brettle, King's College London

Talking to perpetrators the world over taught us that committing violence is not only motivated by intense negative emotions, such as feeling threatened or anger. In fact, committing violent acts can be appealing, fascinating, exciting, and addictive, i.e., appetitive. In Anselm's talk he will address how this appetitive perception of aggression triggers an ongoing cycle of violence and how it develops. Referring to memory processes affected by violent acts in individuals, Crombach will elaborate on advantages and risks of such an adaption to perilous environments, and how it may be addressed on individual and community levels.


Dr. Anselm Crombach was conferred a Doctor rerum naturalium (PhD in natural science) studying the impact of violent experiences on trauma-related disorders and aggressive behavior in former and current street children in Burundi. Currently he is working as a post-doc at the University of Konstanz, assessing the consequences of civil war and military deployment in former combatants and active soldiers in Burundi.

Anselm Crombach
Anselm Crombach

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27 January 2021

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