The Milan Forum for Action on Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities

  •  Milan, Italy

By the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies and the Parliamentarians for Global Action

27-28 November 2017

This international initiative will seek to counter violent extremism by working with lawmakers from all regions of the world to create a global democratic consensus and mobilize parliamentarians to adopt effective policies to marginalize and defeat the ideology of violent extremists.


Genocide Memorialisation: Political Imaginaries and Public Materialities

  •  Gothenburg, Sweden
This is an international conference inviting artists, curators, commissioners, scholars and researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences to consider the highly specific, but nonetheless pervasive, cultural phenomenon of genocide memorialisation. The conference considers the unsettling intersection of questions of mass murder, historicisation, memory-work, artistic production and public culture at a historical moment marked by a resurgence of xenophobic, ethno-nationalist and racist mobilisations.
The conference is organised by the cross-disciplinary Genocide Memorialisation Seminar, University of Gothenburg, co-convened by the School of Global Studies, Valand Academy, and the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies.  Participation in the conference is free, however places are limited, as the intention is to create a focussed space of generative dialogue across a range of practices and disciplines.

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice

  •  New York, USA

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.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 15, 2017. Please note that there is a specific call for a panel on Genocide Prevention for which travel grants may be available. Please e-mail your submission as a single document to ahda.conference.2017@gmail.com. Click here to read the full call for papers.


The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention

  •  Binghamton, NY

By the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

13-15 April 2018

Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention

Binghamton University’s Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) is pleased to announce its inaugural annual conference. Frontiers of Prevention is designed to bring together academic researchers and practitioners dedicated to the spectrum of genocide and mass atrocity prevention efforts. The intention of this inaugural conference is to initiate dialogue, exchange insights and experiences, and explore areas of possible creative collaboration between the academic world and the community of prevention-focused practitioners, both in government service and in civil society.

CFP Deadline: December 20, 2017

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Memory at the Intersection of Mass Violence and Socioeconomic Inequality

  •  Ottawa, Canada

13 - 14 April 2018

This will be an intimate two-day workshop that will include a maximum of 18 papers. Participants will be asked to pre-circulate their papers in order to facilitate robust and productive discussions. The workshop will aim to publish a selection of papers in an anthology.

This international and interdisciplinary workshop seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners who are working at the intersection of memory of mass violence and socioeconomic inequality in order to begin to fill the gap in this field. We are particularly interested in the following questions, but any work relating to the workshop theme is welcome:

  • Oral histories of communities having experienced both physical and structural violence;
  • The interaction between trauma and precarity;
  • Social class and memory of violence;
  • Political ideology and affiliation as they relate to experiences of atrocity and poverty;
  • Methodological and ethical questions around working with people and communities experiencing inequality;
  • Narratives and narrativizing different forms of violence and exclusion;
  • Resisting hegemonic memory and explanations of atrocity and inequality;
  • Refugee narratives and the connections between violence experienced in home countries and exclusion in host countries;
  • Indigenous experiences of mass violence and socioeconomic inequality.

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