Conflict, Memory, and Reconciliation; Jan 2012 [abstracts by 1 June 2011]

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SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad, programs of World Learning
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SIT is hosting a symposium in Kigali, Rwanda January 10-13, 2012 entitled Conflict, Memory, and Reconciliation: Bridging past, present, and future. Please share this call for papers with your colleagues who are scholars and practitioners working in the fields of memory studies, peace and conflict studies, human rights, and post-conflict transformation.

Come to Kigali, Rwanda to present your work, share your research, and generate knowledge in the fields of memory, reconciliation, and conflict transformation. The Symposium is hosted by SIT, January 10 – 13, 2012.

Call for Proposals: Scholars and practitioners in the fields of memory, reconciliation, and conflict transformation are invited to submit proposals for sessions on themes included but not limited to the following:
- Collective, public, social, and shared memory
- The ethics of remembering and forgetting
- Commemoration and remembrance
- Genocide memory
- Cultural memory and heritage
- Oral history and the culture of the witness
- Memory and the politics of identity
- Politics of memory and denial
- Civil society and dealing with shared violent pasts
- The pedagogy and ethics of teaching memory to diverse international cohorts

We welcome additional topics from a variety of case studies of conflict and post-conflict societies, dealing with shared violent pasts. Please be creative and collaborative. Panels can be on a specific theme or case study discussed. The objective is to explore together the meeting points of memory studies and of post conflict, peacebuilding, and reconciliation studies, and generate knowledge about the pedagogy and ethics in teaching post-conflict in a study abroad setting.

We welcome individual paper proposals and complete panel or round table proposals on themes related to the Symposium. Abstracts should not exceed 350 words and include the main argument, the material used, and disciplinary discussions involved.

Submission guidelines:
Abstracts should be sent by June 1, 2011 to Robin Bitters, Director of Institutional Projects via Please include your name, college or university affiliation, address, email, and phone. As noted above, abstracts should not exceed 350 words and include the main argument, the material used, and disciplinary discussions involved.

Structure of the conference:
• Symposium:
Presentation of papers with focus on theorization, interdisciplinary research, various case studies.
• Educational excursion:
Site visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial with focus on pedagogy of teaching memory, peacebuilding, reconciliation, and social justice.
• Discussion and dialogue:
Ethics and pedagogy of teaching memory.

More details:
We will be making available more details soon at Online registration will be available in June.