Drawing on his experience as a war correspondent, Konstanty Gebert will address the issue of coping with fear, and its implications for the psychological experience of the individual. The speaker will look at non-recognition of threat, displacement of its perceived source, and temporal delay as methods of coping with fear. He will then propose some tentative conclusions about the impact of these mechanisms on reality perception.
Konstanty Gebert is the founder and editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine Midrasz, to which he also regularly contributes. He was a war correspondent in Yugoslavia during its Civil War, served as advisor to Tadeusz Mazowiecki in 1993 and 1994, and was a rapporteur for the United Nations Human Rights Commission. His work has appeared in Survey (London), La Nouvelle Alternative (Paris), MicroMega (Rom), Respect (Prag), Beselo (Budapest), Svijet (Sarajevo), Maariv (Tel Aviv), The Guardian (London), The New Republic (New York), and The Los Angeles Times.