Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network Seminars

NEW! Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network
Live Seminar Series

SEMINAR #3 Beyond Innocence and Guilt: Constructing Victimhood in Transitional Justice
Participant: Dr. Cheryl Lawther (School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast)

Date: May 10, 12pm EST, 17:00 Belfast/London


Abstract: ‘Good’, ‘bad’, ‘worthy’, ‘unworthy’, ‘real’, ‘innocent’, ‘guilty’. These terms have all been used to describe victims of human rights abuses in domestic and conflict related settings. They fail to capture the messy reality of human rights abuses, the complexity of victimhood and almost invariably map on to contested understandings of who is to ‘blame’ for violence. While not to downplay this phenomenon in settled democracies, the politics of victimhood is arguably more acute in conflict or transitional contexts given the scale of past abuses, the close relationship to broader ethno-political contests and the political utility of the terms ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’. Drawing upon a range of literature including criminology, victimology, transitional justice, law, sociology and other disciplines, this paper is part of a broader research project which seeks to make a step-change in the understanding of the construction and politicisation of victimhood post-conflict. Moving ‘beyond innocence and guilt’, this paper aims to demonstrate how the construction, reproduction and contestation of victimhood is determined by larger questions of identity and national imagination, voice, agency, blame, silence, denial and heroes and hierarchies of victimhood. The paper uses Northern Ireland as a case study and a wealth of empirical data generated from semi-structured interviews with victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland conflict.
Zoom registration: https://colgate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYocOqvrzIrGtVTkbVn2MG80ipmlA5rm6oC

SEMINAR #2 After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda
Date: April 19, 2022, 1pm EST
Participant: Nicole Fox, Ph.D. (California State University Sacramento)
Zoom registration link is here: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpce6gqz8iHt31dG3yKr3taCNTABSP8lGO

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Dr. Fox’s 2021 book, After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda, use discount code FOXAPRIL22 to purchase a discounted copy (offer expires April 30).


SEMINAR #1 “Trends in Political Apologies Across the World: Insight from the Political Apologies Database
Date: October 12, 12:00-1:00 PM, EDT time
Participants: Juliette Schaafsma, Ph.D. (Tilburg University) and Marieke Zoodsma (Ph.D. candidate, Tilburg University)
Recording will be uploaded here:

BOOK PANEL AND AUTHOR Q&A, April 28, 2021
The Past Can’t Heal Us (Cambridge UP, 2020) by Lea David
Recording accessible here: https://medialibrary.colgate.edu/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/e4SPn35E/view

Online Seminar Series
Beginning in 2021, the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network will host a live and interactive online seminar series. Conducted through Zoom, these hour-long seminars enable researchers and authors to present new and developing work to a global audience. Seminars are free and open to anyone and include a 25 minute discussion period.

The Dialogues invites prospective presenters to contact a member of the Organising Committee. If you are interested in presenting a seminar, please send an abstract (or the paper/book or other work from which the seminar will draw) to one of the seminar organisers along with a CV or short bio. Please note that presentations should be within the Dialogues’ broad ambit.

If you want to receive notifications for future online seminars, join the Dialogues’ biweekly newsletter at dialogues@columbia.edu.

Online Seminar Organisation Committee:

Alexander Karn, email: akarn@colgate.edu | Bio

Ariella Lang, email: al223@columbia.edu |Bio

Stephen Winter, email: s.winter@auckland.ac.nz | Bio