Events and Conferences

This page provides information on forthcoming conferences and symposia relating to issues of historical dialogue, historical and transitional justice, and public and social memory. It is regularly updated. Please email any related announcements to: dialogues@columbia.edu.

Calls for papers for conferences can be found here.

The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network announces its 2017 Conference:

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
December 7-9, 2017
Columbia University, New York City

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time. Papers that explore how the past is known, interpreted, conceptualized, or articulated, and how such representations evolve with the passage of time, are welcome. How has the passage of time changed the way memories of historical violence, atrocity and genocide are represented in the public sphere? In what ways do political, social and cultural forces influence, appropriate, or stifle these memories in different ways as the original event recedes into the more distant past? Related topics include the globalization of memory, and with it the increasing popularity of commemorative memorial practices. The proliferation of museums and memorials, the increase in confessional or memorial literature, and the surge of memory laws against Holocaust and genocide denial are some examples of the historical, cultural and legal phenomena that speak to questions of how individuals and communities remember. These modes of ‘making the past present’ speak not only to the passage of time and the forces of multidirectional memory, but also to the ways in which communities understand issues of justice and accountability, memory and amnesia, prevention and the culture of ‘never again’. This conference thus seeks papers that explore the ways in which communities negotiate narrativization of the past over time, and what the implications of such changes in public discourses of memory suggest in terms of present and future political realities, conflict transformation and atrocity prevention, and the role that history itself has in shaping or re-shaping the ways in which individuals and groups relate to the past and future. Click here to read the full call for papers.

June 2017

Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths
Dates: June 25-29, 2017
Location: Kean University

Date: June 28, 2017 5:00-7:00pm
Location: White & Case LLP, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, W. 48th St., New York, NY 10020

“But There Was Also Memory”…Performing Massacre, Re-membering the Nation|
A talk and performance by Mshai Mwangola
Date: June 30, 2017, 5pm, followed by a reception
Location: Great Hall, King’s College London

International Association of Genocide Scholars 13th biennial research conference
Dates: June-July 2017
Location: DC-Cam, Phnom Penh

July 2017

Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory
Dates: July 3-13, 2017
Location: Cres, Croatia

Difficult Heritage: Summer Fieldwork in the Czech Republic
Dates: July 3 – 16, 2017
Location: Lety, near Prague, Czech Republic

Ambivalent Affect: Perpetration in Contemporary Representations of the Holocaust
Proposed Seminar for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
Dates: July 6-9, 2017
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Justice and the Prevention of Genocide, Thirteenth Meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars
Dates: July 9 – 13, 2017
Location: Brisbane, Australia

24th International Conference of Europeanists: Sustainability and Transformation
Research Network on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe
Dates: July 12-14, 2017
Location: Glasgow, UK

Placeless Memories: Digital Constructions of Memory and Identity
Date: July 14, 2017
Location: University of York, UK

The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy
Dates: July 18-21, 2017
Location: National Archives, One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor, New York, NY

August 2017

Race and Membership in U.S. History: From Segregation to Civil Rights
Dates: August 7-11, 2017
Location: Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

September 2017

ECPR General Conference
Dates: September 6-9, 2017
Location: Oslo, Norway

Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school
Dates: September 7-9, 2017
Location: Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, Goethe University Frankfurt

October 2017

Practices of Memory and Knowledge Production
Dates: October 17 – October 22, 2017
Location: Budapest, Hungary

FMG Faculty Conference – Populism: Between Resentment and Resistance
Date: October 21, 2017, 10:00 – 17:30
Location: University of Amsterdam

November 2017

CHAT Conference – Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency
Dates: November 3 – 5, 2017
Location: University of Amsterdam

Emerging Consequences: Aesthetics in the Aftermath of Atrocity
Dates: November 3-4, 2017
Location: Salem State University

The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy
3rd Biennial Conference
Dates: November 8-10, 2017
Location: University of Dayton Human Rights Center, Dayton, Ohio

Genocide Memorialisation: Political Imaginaries and Public Materialities
Dates: November 30-December 1, 2017
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

December 2017

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice
Dates: December 7-9, 2017
Location: Columbia University, New York City

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