Past Events

Ottawa, Canada

13 - 14 April 2018

This will be an intimate two-day workshop that will include a maximum of 18 papers. Participants will be asked to pre-circulate their papers in order to facilitate robust and productive discussions. The workshop will aim to publish a selection of papers in an anthology.

This international and interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners who are working at the intersection of memory of mass violence and socioeconomic inequality in order to begin to fill the gap in this field. We are particularly interested in the following questions, but any work relating to the workshop theme is welcome:

  • Oral histories of communities having experienced both physical and structural violence;
  • The interaction between trauma and precarity;
  • Social class and memory of violence;
  • Political ideology and affiliation as they relate to experiences of atrocity and poverty;
  • Methodological and ethical questions around working with people and communities experiencing inequality;
  • Narratives and narrativizing different forms of violence and exclusion;
  • Resisting hegemonic memory and explanations of atrocity and inequality;
  • Refugee narratives and the connections between violence experienced in home countries and exclusion in host countries;
  • Indigenous experiences of mass violence and socioeconomic inequality.

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Worcester, MA

By the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

12 - 15 April 2018

The Strassler Center will host the Fourth International Graduate Student Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The conference will provide a forum for advanced doctoral students and early post-docs to present their research projects to peers and established scholars.

This interdisciplinary conference will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Accordingly, we invite pertinent applications from all fields and disciplines and from countries around the world. Students working on genocides and other forms of mass violence in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and America as well as on the aftermath and collective memorialization of genocides are encouraged to apply.

CFP Deadline: 31 August 2017

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Kigali, Rwanda

Organized By : Never Again Rwanda

Never Again Rwanda will hold a youth conference under this year's genocide memorial theme "Empowering the post-genocide generation to overcome inter-generational trauma". 

The objectives of the conference are to

  • explore psychosocial consequences of genocide on youth in post-genocide Rwanda;
  • assess how traumatic memories are transmitted from the old to the new generation;
  • discuss approaches to prevent / deal with inter-generational trauma.

The event will take place at the Marasa Umubani Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Geneva, Switzerland

Organized By : International Center for Transitional Justice

Throughout the war in Syria, schools have come under repeated attack from both government and rebel forces. On 22 March 2018, Syrian victims and activists will gather in Geneva for a public hearing-style event examining the impact of the destruction of schools in the context of the Syrian conflict. The event will be hosted by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the ten Syrian organizations that together comprise the Save Syrian Schools project.

The victim testimonies will be accompanied by a “Panel of Conscience”, which will be present on stage to listen to the stories of victims, lend authority and legitimacy to the recommendations issued, and provide symbolic support for all victims of the conflict. The panel will include Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Pablo De Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; and David Tolbert, President of the ICTJ.

To attend the event, RSVP here.  For anyone unable to attend in person, a livestream will be available.

Washington, D.C.

Organized By : United States Institute of Peace

By United States Institute of Peace

The Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA), will draw on their experiences promoting human rights in authoritarian and violent, conflict-affected countries at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)’s Inaugural Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. During the event, they will discuss their shared approach to addressing the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Burma, the destructive Syrian armed conflict, and the plight of ethnic and religious minorities throughout the Middle East and in Asia.

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