Memorialisation Unmoored symposium announced

December 6, 2017

In collaboration with the Working Group on the Aftermath of Genocide and War, the Genocide Studies program is pleased to announce plans for a symposium in March 2018.  

This symposium aims to take a closer look at the impact of non-museum and non-state loci of war and atrocity memory on recoveries in the aftermath of violence.  The symposium asks whether these phenomena have changed the way survivors and their descendants interpret the pasts, how the new stories have they ushered have influence people’s connections with places and histories, and how they might also have opened up old wounds or changed historical interpretations.  Ultimately, we wish to ask whether privately initiated memorialization efforts have promoted reconciliation and if these vast resources could or should be put to use in helping societies and individuals recover from mass violence. 

The symposium will take place at Yale University on March 8 and 9, 2018.  It will begin with a keynote event in the late afternoon of the 8th, followed by a group dinner.  There will then be a series of panel discussions throughout the day on the 9th.

The symposium aims to advance the Reflections Consortium’s continued conversation on the aftermaths of war and genocide, while leaving open possibilities of generating published projects.  Participation is open to scholars as well as practitioners. Please submit an abstract of your proposed contribution to Eve Zucker at by January 5, 2018. 

For more information, see HERE