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:

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.

September 2017

Regional Conference on Forced Migration
“From Policy to Practice; Making Refugee-Host Relations a win-win”
Dates: September 20-21, 2017
Location: Kampala, Uganda

We the Future: Accelerating Sustainable Development Solutions: The Skoll Foundations and the United Nations Foundation
Date: September 21, 2017
Location: TED Theater, Soho, New York

October 2017

The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue
Date: October 4, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219

Intensive Course on Transitional Justice and Peace Processes
Dates: October 9-13, 2017
Location: Sant Felip Neri House in Barcelona, Spain

Teaching Human Rights Workshop
Dates: October 14-15, 2017
Location: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027, Room 1201

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

International Law Weekend 2017
Dates: October 19-21, 2017
Location: New York, NY

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

2017 International Conference “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies”
Dates: October 23-24, 2017
Location: University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research

Memory Laws: Criminalizing Historical Narrative
Date: October 27-28, 2017
Location: Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities, 74 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027

November 2017

RETHINK Reformation 2017
Dates: November 1-3, 2017
Location: Aulaen, Aarhus University, Building 1412, Nordre Ringgade 4, 8000 Aarhus C

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

ICERI2017 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: November 16-18, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

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


Assessing the Political, Social and Economic Impact of Prosecutions for International Crimes in Transitioning Societies
Date: January 13, 2018
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention
Dates: April 13-15, 2018
Location: Binghamton, NY

Memory at the Intersection of Mass Violence and Socioeconomic Inequality
Dates: April 13-14, 2018
Location: School of Conflict Studies, Saint Paul University, Ottawa

Words That Kill
Dates: May 28-30, 2018
Location: The American University of Paris, The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention

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