Call for AHA panel papers: "Post-Conflict Testimony." Seeking scholars in any discipline to propose a paper or to comment on this session theme at the AHA conference in New York City next January. Briefly describe your paper for presentation and how the paper relates to the session theme. Those interested in commenting should send a brief description of publications bearing on the theme.
"Post-Conflict Testimony: New Interpretations" -
Spurred by landmark truth commissions in more than 20 countries over the past 15-20 years, scholars are discovering that post-conflict testimonies constitute stratified memory. This formal session will seek to redress regnant interpretations of survivor memoirs and testimonies that observe mainly expressions of resentment and vengeance. By adopting critical theories, panelists will observe other expressions – including incoherence, silence, and especially forgiveness – that either subvert surface narratives of resentment or form a dialectical relationship with it. Genocide, African-American slavery, warfare, and revolution are grand examples of conflict forming the basis of memoir accounts.
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