Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network Seminars

Seminar #7 – Book Launch

The Palgrave Handbook of Testimony and Culture

Date: 20 April 2023

12:00-13:30 (New York); 17:00-18:30 (London); 18:00-19:30 (Berlin)

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The session launches The Palgrave Handbook of Testimony and Culture, and discusses its contribution to research and practice. There will be brief presentations on the origins and outcomes of the Testimony project (Roger Woods), collaboration between researchers and practitioners (Emilie Pine), the impact of research beyond academia as an ever more significant factor for research funding councils (Sara Jones), and the use of testimony in teaching (Fransiska Louwagie). Handbook authors and other participants to comment on these issues. Emily Russell from Palgrave Macmillan will be joining the session to give a publisher’s perspective on the project and on related projects that would be of interest to Palgrave.


Sara Jones (Co-Editor) is Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Roger Woods (Co-Editor) is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Emilie Pine is Professor of Modern Drama in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin.

Fransiska Louwagie is a Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

Previous Seminars and Video Recordings

Yifat Gutman (Ben-Gurion U.) and Jenny Wustenberg (U. Nottingham Trent): “Book Launch for the Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism.” Recording (21 February 2023) here: https://colgate.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=0166bc5f-0e66-40c1-9810-afb001394a12.

Thijs Bouwknegt, (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust & Genocide Studies): “Transitional History: Accounts of Atrocity and Accountability in Africa.” No recording available.

Line Engbo Gissell (Roskilde U): “The Standardization of Transitional Justice?” Recording here: https://colgate.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=5f75e1cf-3959-4617-bf70-af3b0131a1fd

Cheryl Lawther (Queen’s University Belfast): “Beyond Innocence and Guilt: Constructing Victimhood in Transitional Justice. Recording here: https://colgate.zoom.us/rec/play/R6F-yNT8sW0tS-2PiApUDpHdT-VVhcQYKBgEE1SkLzW9Ri9Gr8ZxbAspiNBDbr_rGruBu77uuOLXr44b.cAiHlGWAh24lfdrO?continueMode=true

Nicole Fox (California State University Sacramento): “After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda.” No recording available.

Juliette Schaafsma (Tilburg U.) and Marieke Zoodsma (Tilburg U.): “Trends in Political Apologies Across the World: Insight from the Political Apologies Database.” No recording available.

Lea David (Univ. College Dublin): Book Discussion for The Past Can’t Heal Us (Cambridge UP, 2020).” Recording here: https://medialibrary.colgate.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/e4SPn35E/view.

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