In this special S:PAM Lecture edition in collaboration with the HRRM-Network, the award-winning documentary The Hamlet Syndrome will be screened in the presence of the Ukrainian theatre director Roza Sarkisian.
Dr. Sofie Denise de Smet is an FWO-postdoctoral researcher affiliated to the research group S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media, Ghent University) and the Parenting and Special Education Research Unit (KU Leuven). Her current interdisciplinary postdoctoral research focuses on the development of transcultural trauma care and community-based psychosocial interventions for immigrant and refugee communities in the field of transcultural psychology and participatory theatre in western host societies. In close dialogue with her scholarly work, Sofie works as a clinical child psychologist and family therapist at the Transcultural Trauma Care team for refugee rehabilitation at the Faculty Clinical Center PraxisP (KU Leuven).
Roza Sarkisian is a Theatre director and Curator. She graduated from the Theatre Directing Department at the I. P. Kotlyarevski National University of Arts in Kharkiv (2012) and from the Political Sociology Department at the V. N. Karazin National University in Kharkiv (2009). In the years of 2017 -2019 Roza worked as the Head Theatre Director of the First Ukrainian Academic Theatre for Children and Youth in Lviv. In the years of 2017 -2019 she worked as the Theatre Director on the House in Ivano-Frankivsk National Academic Drama and Music Theatre. Her productions, dealing with the topics of collective memory, national identity, political manipulation, non-normativity and social oppression have won several awards and invitations to many festivals. She has been an initiator, curator and director of numerous art and education projects for teenagers, such as festivals “Drama Teen Lab” and “Young Directors for Children”, realized at the First Theatre in Lviv, or "Voices of Neighborhood". She also has led numerous workshops for teenagers and created performances with young non-professional actors and people with a disability.