Frequently Asked Questions

What is the theme of the 2019 Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network Conference?

The title of the 8th annual conference is “Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue in Post-Conflict Settings“. The full Call for Papers may be viewed here.

The full conference schedule is available here.

 How much does registration for the conference cost?
Registration for the conference is required, but it is free.
To register for the conference, please click here.

Do I have to present at the conference to attend?
No, you do not have to present at the conference to attend, but you must register. Please note that registration does not guarantee you a seat.


How long should my presentation be?
If your panel is made up of four panelists, please plan on speaking no longer than 15 minutes; if your panel has three panelists, each individual presentation can be 20 minutes long. Please respect these time limits so that there will be adequate time for questions and discussion.

Can I use a PowerPoint or other visual aide during my presentation?
All rooms will have a screen, computer and projector for presenters who plan on having a visual component to their presentation. We ask that all presenters who will be using PowerPoint presentations send those to us before December 10 by email:

There might be a compatibility issue with the conference technology, therefore we strongly urge you to send this before December 10. We also advise to have a copy of the presentation in the flash drive. Important: Presentations created on Mac computer might require reformatting before the session. Please come to the session at least 20 minutes before the start time to make sure that it is showing right.
Because of the conference venue technology, we are not advising to bring your own computers.

What format do the sessions take?
Aside from the keynote speaker, paper panels have 3-5 speakers organized around a common theme, methodology or area of study. Panel participants are asked to speak no more than 15 minutes (4 panelists) (20 minutes for 3 panelists) to ensure adequate time for discussion and Q&A. Roundtables convene 5-6 scholars to discuss a particular project or topic. Participants speak for 10 minutes followed by a discussion.

How does a roundtable differ from a panel?
Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair would in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. Even if a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel, however, participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance.

How many sessions can I participate in?
Presenters are allowed to present one paper as well as to participate in a roundtable; they are allowed to moderate up to two sessions.

Do I have to send a copy of my paper to the moderator or conference organizers prior to the conference?
No, a full copy of your paper is not required in advance of the conference.

If I am unable to attend, can I have someone else present my paper, or present it over Skype?
Participants are required to be present at the conference to deliver their papers; if you are unable to attend, please notify the conference organizers.

Are there funding resources to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend the conference?
Unfortunately, no funds are available to offset travel and accommodation costs.

Where can I stay near the university?
Information about nearby hotels can be found here. Two popular hotels in the Columbia neighborhood are Teachers College Guest Housing and Guest Rooms at Union. Please note that these are small, modest hotels and they fill up fast!

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