Historical Justice and Memory: an interdisciplinary conference
14-17 February 2012
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on historical justice and on memory. It is trying to promote conversations across disciplinary boundaries – for example, between historians and lawyers, anthropologists and philosophers, sociologists and cinema studies scholars, heritage scholars and psychologists, human geographers and political scientists – and across national boundaries: bringing together, say, a historian working on memories of the 1965 violence in Indonesia with a lawyer doing research on the South African truth commission, and an anthropologist doing fieldwork in Romania with somebody analysing novels written in post-Pinochet Chile.
The past few years have seen a plethora of case studies about attempts to deal with past injustice. Scholars have explored the work of truth commissions, the effects of apologies, debates over reparations, and trials of individual perpetrators, to name but four key themes. At the same time, there has been a burgeoning of studies about how past injustice is remembered (or forgotten) and memorialised. This conference provides a unique opportunity to link these two areas of research and to ask questions such as: To what extent is historical justice predicated on particular memories, on particular forms of remembering or on the forgetting of a particular past? How do apologies or truth commissions, for example, shape social memories of past injustice?
The conference will be the first gathering of the Historical Justice and Memory Research Network (http://historicaljusticeandmemorynetwork.com), which was set up in late 2010.
We invite proposals for:
•Papers about any issue related to historical justice and/or the transition to democracy, and/or memory in societies striving for historical justice;
•Panels (particularly those that bring together scholars working on different parts of the world and/or from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds); and
•Workshops (which could be closed or open to others, and which would usually bring together scholars whose papers have been circulated before the conference).
We welcome proposals from scholars, artists, activists, and representatives from NGOs and IGOs.
The conference will be held in tandem with an emerging scholars workshop for PhD students that will take place on 13 and 14 February 2012 (see http://historicaljusticeandmemorynetwork.com/?page_id=1584#workshop).
Papers ought to be in English; however, we also welcome proposals for panels and workshops that accommodate papers in other languages.
deadline: 3 June 2011
Please send all abstracts and proposals for panels and workshops, accompanied by a biographical note, to Dr Martine Hawkes, firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts, proposals and bios should be about 200 words each and need to be in English.
Dr Martine Hawkes
Institute for Social Research
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122
Phone: +61 3 9214 4420
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