This two-day event of seminars and workshops explores the important legacies and lessons of the Eichmann trial for the reconstruction of law, community and democracy after the experience of genocide. The seminars and workshops aim to bring together scholars, lawyers, health practitioners, and teachers to discuss the lessons of the Eichmann trial for the current reconstruction of post-conflict Yugoslavia.
The formal presentations will situate the trial in its political context, identify the principal aims of the trial, and examine the ways in which the political and ideological constraints of 1960s Israel translated into the organisation and the execution of the trial. Themes explored will include the nature of the trial itself, such as the work of the bureau of investigation of the Israeli police in charge of preparing the case (Bureau 06); the determination of the scope of the charges, and the selection of witnesses by the prosecution; the support work performed by the survivor associations, Landsmannschaft organisations, and organisations founded in the wake of the Second World War; the shaping of European, Israeli and personal narratives of the Holocaust; and the impact of the Eichmann trial on the development of law, psychiatry, trauma studies, and other. The workshops will have a more informal format, and will explore these lessons of the Eichmann trial for contemporary practices of rebuilding societies and healing traumas after genocide. Each workshop will be organised around specific themes such as the rule of law, democracy post-genocide, post-genocide justice, and building tolerant communities.
Panels will be led by six outstanding scholars in the field to include Jose Brunner, Mark Osiel, Hanna Yablonka, Pnina Lahav, Liora Bilsky and Lawrence Douglas on the following themes:
The Narration of Trauma as the Predicate to Humanitarian Law
Trials and the Making of Collective Memory
Trials of History; Trials in History
Eichmann and Afterwards: Legal Institutions and Legal Sensibilities
Humanitarian Law and Identity Creation
People interested in offering a paper to any of these panels should send an abstract to both Kirsten Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sari Wastell (email@example.com) no later than MARCH 14th 2006.
These issues will then be explored more informally in a series of workshops the following day. In order to be responsive to the concerns of practitioners, we encourage submissions of workshop topics to Hannah Starman (firstname.lastname@example.org), which might include topics as suggested above.
Early registration: March 14th 2006: €40
Late registration: March 14th 2006: €60
Contact information, affiliations and payment of registration fees should be sent to Hannah Starman at:
Institute for Ethnic Studies
Please note that we are unable to accept credit or debit card payment. Payment can be made by bank transfer, by cheque in euros, or by cash upon arrival.
There will be a conference dinner on the evening of Sunday, March 26th 2006 with the conference organisers, keynote speakers and representatives of the host institution, The Institute for Ethnic Studies. Fourteen places are available, on a first come first serve basis, at a price of €35 per person and should be included with payment at the time of registration.
Teas, coffees and conference packs are included in the registration fee. Assistance with accommodation recommendations can be addressed to Hannah Starman.
This event is sponsored by the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, ZRC-SAZU, and Goldsmiths College, University of London, in co-operation with the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana. Additional financial support has been received from the Wenner Gren Foundation.
Institute for Ethnic Studies
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