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.

The full schedule and program can be found here.

November 2017

9th Annual Emilio Mignone Lecture on Transitional Justice: Reckoning with Racial Injustice in the United States
Date: November 9, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: NYU, Lipton Hall, 110 West Third street, New York, NY 10012

BOOK LAUNCH: James Renton and Benjamin Gidley (eds)., Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe. A Shared Story? (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Date: November 10, 2017 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Reid Hall, Grande Salle 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris

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

Image, History, and Memory
Dates: December 6-8, 2017
Location: Warsaw

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

Memory Studies Association, 2nd Annual Conference
Dates: December 14-16, 2017
Location: Copenhagen

2018

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

International Conference – Registering Political Violence: Technologies, Uses, and Effects
Dates: January 16 – 17, 2018
Location: Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile

Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities 2018
Dates: February 10 – 12, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Matter (s) of Fact: 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Dates: March 15-17, 2018
Location: Western University, London, Ontario

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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