Please join us for a two-day conference co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, and Columbia University Seminar on History, Redress and Reconciliation.
For up to date information on this event please visit the event page on the Heyman Center website.
The Friday session will be held in 1219 International Affairs Building, and the Saturday Session in the Second Floor Common Room at the Heyman Center for the Humanities. Click here for directions to the Heyman Center. Note that to access the venue you must provide picture ID and sign in at the security desk. Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis.
Since the 1980s, interest in politically and legally shaping public memory regarding the Holocaust and other crimes perpetrated during the Second World War has been evident in a wide variety of arenas. One manifestation of the trend has been the increasing demand for the right to truth, which is purportedly a precondition to conflict resolution and policies of redress. At the same time, however, there is an increased recognition of the propensity for conflicting narratives about the past, particularly instrumentalized narratives about group identity and violent pasts, to escalate hostilities among nations, ethnicities and/or religions. These hostilities, anchored as they are in the collective memory and history of conflict, have become subject to extensive legislation, with the criminalization of statements about history and violent pasts becoming more commonplace.
This workshop will explore narratives that engage the memory of past violence in contemporary policies and the politics surrounding the legislation of historical memory. Given the central role that the Holocaust and other mass atrocities have played with regard to human rights concepts today, the memory laws that address these topics, as well as the role of history in conflict resolution, are also of interest. Finally, the workshop will pay particular attention to censorship and punitive measures that aim to constrain counter-narratives to established national identities and to freedom of expression.
Tarik Amar, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University
Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Professor of German Studies, Brown University
Fatma Müge Göçek, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan
Stephanie Golob, Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Jan Tomasz Gross, Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society, emeritus; Professor of History, emeritus, Princeton University
Yifat Gutman, Senior Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University
Robert Kahn, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas
Yukiko Koga, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College
Nikolay Koposov, Visiting Professor, Russian, Emory University
Eva-Clarita Pettai, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu
Henry Rousso, Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Victoria Sanford, Professor of Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Dubravka Stojanovic, Professor of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Lars Waldorf, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Applied Human Rights, York Law School