Other Conferences and CfP

The biannual IAGS conference will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in July of 2019. Information regarding this conference can be found here. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. 

Please note the following conferences are not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with IAGS in any way. To request a conference or call for papers be added to this page, please e-mail stephanie.wolfe@genocidescholars.org. Questions regarding the various conferences below cannot be answered by IAGS.

  1. First International Conference of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies, "Denial" - Call for Papers: Dec. 1, 2018; Conference April 13-14, 2019 (Charlotte, NC, USA)
  2. Genocide after 1948: 70 Years of Genocide Convention - Conference Dec. 7-8, 2018. (Netherlands)
  3. Techniques of Memory - Call for Papers: Dec. 20, 2018; Conference April 17-18, 2019 (Berkeley, CA, USA)
  4. Lessons and Legacies Conference: The Holocaust and Europe: Research Trends, Pedagogical Approaches, and Political Challenges - Call for Papers Dec. 31, 2018; Conference Nov. 4-7, 2019 (Munich, Germany).
  5. Frontiers of Prevention II - Call for Papers Jan 10, 2019; Conference April 5-6, 2019 (Binghamton, NY, USA)  Binghamton, N.Y
  6. A crisis in ‘coming to terms with the past’? At the crossroads of translation and memory - Conference: Feb 1-2, 2019 (London, UK)
  7. The Future of Holocaust Testimonies - Conference 11-13 March 2019 (Akko, Israel)

 

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First International Conference of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies

Call for Papers

University of North Carolina Charlotte, April 13-14, 2019

 

Conference themes and topics

Denial is often the “final stage of genocide,” Gregory H. Stanton asserted twenty years ago. The perpetrators “deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims…. The black hole of forgetting is the negative force that results in future genocides.” (Stanton, 1996, 1998) The “assassins of memory,” in Pierre Vidal-Naquet’s memorable turn of phrase, seek to bury their crimes or, more often, legitimize or prettify governments or political movements with which they sympathize. The ways in which portrayals of genocide are constructed may contribute to creating “zones of denial” (Shavit 2005) that allow space for minimizing the harsh realities of genocide in our collective understanding. For victims and their descendants, denial brings additional injustice and trauma. ...

 

We welcome proposals on, but not limited to, these topics/themes:

· Use of denialist strategies by contemporary political movements

· Effects of denial upon survivor groups and/or upon perpetrator societies

· Reconciliation and transitional justice in post-genocidal societies in relation to education and denial

· Feminist perspectives and gendered analyses in relation to denial

· Denial or other forms of falsification in relation to indigenous peoples’ experiences

· Confronting and resisting denial in effective ways

· Post-colonial theories and practices in relation to issues of denial or confronting denial

· Minimization or erasure of racist and colonial histories in Europe, the United States, or elsewhere

· Appropriation and/or exploitation of the Holocaust and or other genocides

· Art, literature, and film confronting (or promoting) denial

· Pedagogical issues and approaches to addressing denial in educational settings

· How the era of “fake news” erodes genocide education or promotes denial

  

“Denial: The Final Stage of Genocide” welcomes proposals from undergraduate & graduate students, university professors and lecturers of all ranks, and independent scholars, as well as others who are involved in research or activism around these issues. We plan to include at least one panel of undergraduate students and to publish selected papers in an edited collection of essays.  

 

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Lerna  Ekmekçioğlu, hIstorian of the Modern Middle East at MIT and author of Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey (Stanford University Press, 2016). 

 

Submit abstracts by extended deadline December 1, 2018 to hghr.uncc@gmail.com.

 

Contact Email:

hghr.uncc@gmail.com

John Cox, Director of HGHR Studies: jcox73@uncc.edu

 

URL, with full text of CFP:

https://globalstudies.uncc.edu/center-holocaust-genocide-human-rights-studies/2019-conference-genocide-denial

 

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Genocide after 1948: 70 Years of Genocide Convention
Conference
NIOD Amsterdam / Utrecht University, December 7-8, 2018

On 9 December 1948, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Despite this commitment to prevent genocide and punish its perpetrators, several cases of genocide have occurred since, e.g. in Asia, Africa, and the European mainland itself. Millions of people have been categorically murdered on account of their real or perceived group identity – national, ethnic, racial, religious, political. What kind of impact(s) did the Convention have, and what type of changes were relevant in the postwar period? This multi-disciplinary conference will bring together historians, social scientists, and others, to explore the causes, courses, and consequences of genocide from a global perspective. The conference acknowledges the differences between genocide as a legal, historical, and social-scientific concept, and intends to include a variety of approaches.

We welcome papers on different cases across continents and decades, as well as critical issues that relate to mass violence, including, but not limited to, for example, the context of post-colonialism, the context of the Cold War and the contemporary context; the context of war, civil war and insurgency; intrastate power dynamics and political polarization; forms and institutions of violence; political economy, demography, ecology and geography; ideology, nationalism and identity politics; perpetration and individual perpetrators, victims and third parties; democratization; non-state actors.

The conference will consist of six main themes:

  • The concept of genocide and international law
  • (Civil) war and genocide
  • Perpetration
  • Genocide in Asia
  • Genocide in the Middle East
  • Genocide in Africa

Contact Info: For all general enquiries, please contact Barbara Boender at b.boender@niod.knaw.nl, or Martine van den Heuvel at m.van.den.heuvel@niod.knaw.nl

Contact Email: b.boender@niod.knaw.nl

URL: http://www.niod.nl

 
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Techniques of Memory

Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power

Global Urban Humanities Initiative– University of California, Berkeley

Conference April 17-18, 2019

 

Before World War II, Robert Musil famously claimed that there was nothing in this world as invisible as a monument. Yet, recent events in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere signal Musil might have been mistaken: monuments and memorials can be easily awakened to inspire activist movements and shift local politics. While old monuments are falling, new memorials are being erected at heightened speed. The distance between an injustice, tragedy, or deed, and its memorialization seems to be rapidly decreasing.

 

The foundational literature on memorialization, which includes classics such as Pierre Nora’s Lieux de Memoire, James Young’s The Texture of Memory, Andreas Huyssen’sTwilight Memories, dealt with a historical phenomenon rooted in the 80s and were heightened by anxieties about the new millennium. Nearly three decades later its seems pressing to reassess the role that memory and its physical manifestations –memorials, monuments, plaques, calendars, photographs– play in our contemporary world. The 2019 Global Urban Humanities conference, Techniques of Memoryinvites scholars, artists, architects, and activists to come together to analyze memorialization as a historical phenomenon, discuss the contemporary role of memorials, and examine the changing role of memory in diverse geographical areas and historical periods.

 

We invite proposals for presentations of scholarly papers, artist’s talks, design proposals and activist projects.

 

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative is a joint venture between the UC Berkeley Arts & Humanities Division of the College of Letters & Science and the College of Environmental Design. Thanks to the vision and support of the Mellon Foundation, it brings together scholars and practitioners from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, and multiple humanities disciplines - ranging from comparative literature and history of art to theater, dance and performance studies. Together, faculty and graduate students are developing new theoretical paradigms, research methods, and pedagogical approaches in order to help address the complex problems facing today's global cities and regions.

 

Techniques of Memory: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power will be a two-day symposium organized by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative at UC Berkeley, from April 17th to 18th 2019 at the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley. Following the principles of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, our symposium seeks to bring together not only scholars, but practitioners, activists and artists to think about monuments, memorial landscapes, iconoclasm, mediums and materiality, as well as memory politics and power from the unique interdisciplinary standpoint that this platform provides. The symposium will consist of four panels: Landscape, Iconoclasm, Medium and Power. We ask submissions to reference which of the four panels they would like to be considered for:

 

  1. Landscape: Contributions that engage with what could be largely defined as memorial landscapes: geographies of memory, geopolitics of memorials, as well as monuments and memorials in specific social and cultural contexts.
  2. Iconoclasm: Contributions that engage with the destruction, removal, intervention, mobility and stasis, re-appropriation, and re-signification of monuments and memorials.
  3. Medium: Contributions that examine the materiality, production, and labor of memory, monuments and memorials.
  4. Power: Contributions that engage with politics and institutions of memory, race and memory, gender and memory, debates around postcolonial memorialization, as well as struggles for recognition and reparation.

 

Additionally, keynote speakers Austin Allen (New Orleans), Jason Berry (New Orleans), Lauren Kroiz (Berkeley), Marita Sturken (New York), Hans van Houwelingen (Amsterdam), will each contribute to one of the four themes of the conference and will serve as respondents to the delivered papers.

 

Submissions should include the following:

  • Contact information (name and email)
  • Institutional affiliation and/or address
  • Title of contribution
  • Type of contribution (paper, performance, artist talk, design talk)
  • Preferred panel (landscape, iconoclasm, medium or power)
  • Abstract/summary (300 words)
  • CV (no more than 4 pages)
  • Optional: 1-2 Illustrations

 

Please send submissions to Valentina Rozas-Krause vrozas@berkeley.edu as one PDF file, labeled as LastNameFirstName_TechniquesofMemory.pdf

Please direct inquiries to Valentina Rozas-Krause vrozas@berkeley.edu.

Techniques of Memory online: http://globalurbanhumanities.berkeley.edu/symposium-call-for-papers-for-techniques-of-memory

The deadline for submissions is December 20th, 2018.

 

Selected presenters will be supported at the symposium with $1000 for travel and lodging expenses for presenters from outside the US, $800 for presenters traveling within the US, and $400 for presenters traveling within California.

 

Sincerely,

Symposium Organizing Committee

 

Anna Livia Brand - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Department

Sarah Hwang - Global Urban Humanities Program Coordinator

Susan Moffat - Global Urban Humanities Project Director

Valentina Rozas-Krause – Architecture Department

Andrew Shanken –Architecture Department

Bryan Wagner - English Department

 
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Lessons and Legacies Conference 
Call for proposals: December 31, 2018
 
The Holocaust Educational Foundation, the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, the Federal Agency for Civic Education of Germany, and Ludwig-Maximiliens-Universität München, are pleased to announce a special session of the Lessons and Legacies Conference. The special session, "The Holocaust and Europe: Research Trends, Pedagogical Approaches, and Political Challenges," will take place in Munich from November 4 - 7, 2019.

The conference invites proposals for papers, panels, and workshops. The deadline for proposals is December 31, 2018. The Call for Papers can be found here; additional information about the conference can be found here.

 
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The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP)
Binghamton University
Annual Conference: Frontiers of Prevention II
April 5-6, 2019
Binghamton, N.Y. USA 
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
 

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University is pleased to announce its 2019 annual conference. Frontiers of Prevention II will take place at Binghamton University's Downtown Campus with events beginning on the morning of Friday April 5, and concluding on the evening of Saturday April 6.

Frontiers of Prevention II has two linked objectives. The first is a critical assessment of the status of existing genocide and atrocity prevention mechanisms, and an exploration of emergent mechanisms and actors in the global effort at atrocity prevention. The second is to organize an open forum where leading academic researchers with research programs dedicated to prevention can meet with practitioners, both in government and non-governmental service, fostering critical exchange and finding new grounds for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Academic researchers are invited to submit proposals on current research projects with a clear connection to atrocity prevention efforts. Prevention practitioners in government or non-governmental service are invited to submit proposals describing their agency's work, its challenges and opportunities for improvement and (where possible) how the academic community might contribute to it.

To submit online proposals, please click on the "Submit Proposals and Registrations Here" button on the right side of this website and fill the google form that will be open from the link. Once you complete the form, click on submit.


Deadline for Submission of Proposals is January 10, 2019.


Financial support is available for presenters traveling from the Global South. If you would like to be considered for travel support, please indicate in the form provided when submitting your proposal.

 
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A crisis in ‘coming to terms with the past’? At the crossroads of translation and memory

1-2 February 2019
Senate House, London

Over the past decade, a particular notion of ‘coming to terms with the past’, usually associated with an international liberal consensus, has increasingly been challenged. Growing in strength since the 1980s, this consensus has been underpinned by the idea that difficult historical legacies, displaced into the present, and persisting as patterns of thought, speech and behaviour, needed to be addressed through a range of phenomena such as transitional justice, reconciliation, and the forging of shared narratives to ensure social cohesion and shore up democratic norms. Such official and international memory practices tended to privilege top-down cosmopolitan memory in an attempt to counter the bottom-up, still antagonistic memories associated with supposedly excessive effusions of nationalism. In a context of the global rise of populist nationalisms and of uncertainty linked by some politicians to migration, this tendency is increasingly being challenged, capitalizing on populist memory practices evident since the 1980s and creating what might be seen as a crisis in this liberal approach to ‘coming to terms with the past’.

 

Yet rather than rejecting a politics based on such ‘coming to terms’, new political formations have in fact increasingly embraced it: a growing discourse of white resentment and victimhood embodied in the so-called ‘Irish slave myth’, the wide visibility of the ‘History Wars’ controversy in Australia, legislation such as the Polish ‘Holocaust Bill’, or the withdrawal of African states from the International Criminal Court are evidence of the increasing impact of a new politics underpinning memory practices, and reveal the ways in which diverse populist and nationalist movements are mobilizing previous tropes. Moreover, these new memory practices increasingly have their own alternative internationalisms too, reaching across or beyond regions in new transnational formations, even as they seemed to reverse the earlier ‘cosmopolitan’ functions of memorialization.

 

Scholars have for a time noted a renaissance of these memory politics in various regions, but an interconnected globally-aware account of this shift remains elusive. Building on an ongoing dialogue between two AHRC themes, Care for the Future and Translating Cultures, we aim to bring together the approaches of both translation and memory scholars to reflect on the transnational linkages which held a liberal coming-to-terms paradigm together, and to ask whether this is now in crisis or undergoing significant challenges. The event will reflect also on the ways in which institutions such as museums, tourist sites or other institutions are responding to the emergence of these new paradigms.


The conference seeks to historicize and chart the translations, networks and circulations which underpin these new memory paradigms of nationalist and/or populist movements across a range of political, cultural and linguistic contexts, welcoming contributions that chart its ideological origins and growth in transnational terms; address the ways it draws on techniques and tropes of former paradigms; analyse its relationship to new ideological formations based on race, nationalism and gender; and chart its current international or transnational formations.

The conference is jointly organised by two Arts and Humanities Research Council themes: Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past, which affords an opportunity for researchers to explore the dynamic relationship that exists between past, present, and future through a temporally inflected lens, and Translating Cultures, studying the role of translation in the transmission, interpretation, transformation and sharing of languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives.

 

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The Future of Holocaust Testimonies
Akko, Israel, 11–13 March 2019

 

The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California, and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, announce the fifth international interdisciplinary conference and workshop on The Future of Holocaust Testimonies to be held on 11–13 March 2019 in Akko, Israel.  

 

Survivors and their testimonies have been central to Holocaust research and memorial culture, but as fewer and fewer survivors remain among us, we need to consider how and in what forms Holocaust scholarship and the memory of the Holocaust will continue. One critical focus will certainly be the legacy that survivors leave behind in the forms of written, audio, and video testimonies, as well as in the transmission of their testimony to their children and grandchildren, who have their own stories to tell, as well as to researchers. In addition, those who are not survivors or their descendants seem destined to play an increased role in the transmission of the history and memory of the Holocaust.

 We aim for the conference to contribute both to Holocaust research and to public discourse. Therefore, one day of the conference will be open to the public, and two days will be for researchers only. The conference will be conducted in English. During the public day, presentations and discussions will be held in English and Hebrew with simultaneous translation.

 

For further inquiries, please contact a member of the Steering Committee:

Dr. Boaz Cohen, chair, boazc@wgalil.ac.il   

Dr. Miriam Offer, miriamoffer@gmail.com

Holocaust Studies Program, Western Galilee College, Akko

Dr. Wolf Gruner, gruner@usc.edu

Dr. Martha Stroud, mstroud@usc.edu

USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles

Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, thomaspegelowkaplan@appstate.edu

Dr. Rosemary Horowitz, horowitzr@appstate.edu

Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, North Carolina