Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: War Crimes Research Group

Reconciliation after War (Crimes): Historical Perspectives

Deadline: 31-05-2017
Location: London, UK


Reconciliation after War (Crimes): Historical
Interdisciplinary workshop, King’s College London, 30 November – 1 December 2017.
Reconciliation is often cited as a key objective in the aftermath of violent conflict, where goals of peace, justice and
reconciliation are seen as not only complementary but mutually reinforcing. But it is often unclear what, precisely, is meant
by reconciliation, how, exactly, different activities and processes might foster reconciliation, and at what level (individual,
community, group, state, inter-state). Moreover, whilst there has been attention to reconciliation internationally in the
contemporary era and much discussion about the relationship between processes of transitional justice and reconciliation in
contemporary contexts, little is known or written about how reconciliation has been practised (or not) in the past. Has
reconciliation ever truly been achieved, or is reconciliation better understood as a trajectory to which there is no ‘end-state’?
This workshop will bring together historians and others from different disciplines to explore the concept and practice of
reconciliation in different periods in the past and in different cultural, geographical and historical contexts to explore, inter
alia, these questions:
• How has reconciliation been conceptualised and practised across time and space – in different regions of the world
and throughout history?
• What factors have affected the success or failure of attempts to achieve post-conflict reconciliation?
• How have parties addressed issues of accountability, reparation, punishment, forgiveness, mercy, repentance and
• How has reconciliation been resisted? Where and by whom?
We invite contributions that address these themes from a wide variety of perspectives, and historical eras – ranging from
the English and American Civil Wars to more contemporary histories drawing on twentieth century experience around the
globe. We welcome submissions from artists, practitioners, PhD students, early career researchers and established scholars.
We anticipate publishing those papers selected for the workshop in an edited volume/journal special edition.
Please send your paper proposal to Henry Redwood ( by 31 May 2017, including:
• Name, affiliation and contact email.
• Title and 250-word abstract
• A brief biographical note
This workshop is part of an AHRC-funded project, Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community, a major
collaborative initiative involving an inter-disciplinary team of investigators at King’s College London, the London School of
Economics and The University of the Arts in London. The research is funded under the Conflict Theme of the Partnership
for Conflict Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), an initiative of Research Councils UK, and the Global Challenges
Research Fund (GCRF). For more information, contact or see


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-05-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Rachel Kerr
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Zentrum für Holocaust-Studien

The Holocaust in the Borderlands: Interethnic Relations and the Dynamics of Violence in Occupied Eastern Europe

Deadline: 31-05-2017
Location: Munich


The Holocaust in the Borderlands: Interethnic Relations and the Dynamics of Violence in Occupied Eastern Europe

International Workshop
7-9 February 2018 

Zentrum für Holocaust-Studien, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München
Deadline : 31 May 2017

The Holocaust, though initiated by the Third Reich, was by nature a transnational phenomenon: the majority of its victims came from outside Nazi Germany, and its bloodiest sites of genocide lay beyond Germany’s borders. During World War II, Europe’s contested multiethnic borderlands in particular saw unprecedented upsurges in violence against Jews, Roma, and other persecuted minorities. From the Baltic States to Transnistria to the Serbian Banat, Axis occupational authorities worked in conjunction with local populations to persecute, dispossess, deport, and murder millions. In this process, occupiers not only relied on pre-existing local ethnic and national movements and conflicts; they also spurred violence, which profoundly redefined notions of national, ethnic, and social belonging.

As recent research has shown, the Second World War, Nazi Germany’s occupational policies, and existing and shifting dynamics of local interethnic relations were crucial to the distinct unfolding of the Holocaust in different borderlands. This workshop sets out to explore this topic further and more systematically. It aims to bring together novel and critical insights on the borderlands of East, Central, and Southeastern Europe and the growing body of research on the dynamics of violence in the wider region. By placing the Shoah into larger contexts of different military occupations and interethnic conflicts during World War II, this workshop seeks to problematize the relationship between state structures and popular mobilization – perspectives “from above” and “from below” – in the unfolding of Holocaust violence. We are particularly interested in papers dealing with the status and role of ethnic Germans (“Volksdeutsche”) in relation to other groups.

What was the effect of shifting borders and/or preexisting loyalties on the dynamics of violence in the borderlands? How did the experience of violence and occupation reshape interethnic relations and other social relationships in these regions? Can patterns of behavior be identified across the borderlands of East, Central, and Southeastern Europe? Ultimately, this workshop aims at gathering an unprecedented range of regional, transnational, and multiscalar approaches to the Holocaust in East, Central, and Southeastern Europe in order to create a comparative basis for the study of the Holocaust under different occupational regimes, and explore the potential of a borderland approach to the study of the Holocaust.

Proposed research topics include, but are not limited to:
-	Interethnic relations and the rise of antisemitism in Eastern, Central, and Southeastern Europe’s borderlands during the interwar period and World War II
-	Definitions, theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of ethnicity, interethnic relations, and borderlands
-	The specificity of multiethnic borderlands and the dynamics of (Holocaust) violence
-	Comparative perspectives on Holocaust violence in different borderland regions
-	The role of minorities such as the “Volksdeutsche” (ethnic Germans) in Nazi organizations, military formations (Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS), concentration camps, and as the perpetrators and bystanders of local antisemitic violence
-	Participation in Holocaust atrocities by non-German minorities; questions and conceptualizations of resistance/collaboration with Nazi authorities
-	Multiethnic societies under occupation from the perspective of so-called bystanders, perpetrators, and victims
-	Postwar relations between Jewish survivors and other minorities (German expellees, DPs, new/remaining borderland populations)
-	Memory of interethnic relations and postwar narratives of the Holocaust among (former) borderland inhabitants, and their relationship to national historiographies

Presentations should be approximately twenty minutes long. The language of the conference is English. The conference will take place in Munich, Germany. Travel and accommodation costs for invited participants will be paid for by the organizers.

Applicants should send a short biography (max. 200 words), as well as the title and abstract (no more than 350 words) of their paper to Katarina Kezeric ( by May 31, 2017. Invited participants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of July 2017.


Basic information:
Deadline: 31-05-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Dr. Gaëlle Fisher
Project / event type: workshops
Organiser: Radboud University

Summer School: Things to Remember: Materiality, Memory and Identity

Deadline: 01-06-2017
Location: Radboud, the Netherlands


Things to Remember: Materiality, Memory and Identity
7-11 August 2017
Course fee 
€ 400
10% - 25%
Application deadline 
1 June 2017

We remember the past materially. That is to say, the objects with which we surround  ourselves are laden with memories. Some objects we preserve, others we throw away. Certain objects we cherish as our inheritance, while we are less attached to others. When we recall the past or want to share a memory with friends and family, we use photographs or souvenirs that we bought on a holiday trip. Over time, these objects will define what we will remember of the past, as well as how we remember it. Likewise, memorials and monuments are collective expressions of the will to remember particular events and, simultaneously, forget others that we deem less important or too disturbing to recall. Still, sometimes events that we choose to forget about manifest themselves unexpectedly in the form of objects we come across in the depth of wardrobes and drawers while moving house or, in a radically different context, a mass grave giving evidence of genocide at an unlikely location. While we reconnect with the past through objects, recent theories of material culture demonstrate that the material world is not simply a tool for us to remember but it can also build memories on its own. Recent scientific achievements, as well as the advance and ubiquity of digital devices at our disposal, bear testament to the ability of objects to remember for us, rather than we remembering through them.

This summer course aims to introduce students into cutting-edge research that combines the recent achievements of Cultural Memory Studies and Material Culture Studies. Collectively known as the material turn in the humanities and social sciences, the recent upsurge of interest in materiality has given rise to a variety of theories, ranging from Bill Brown's "Thing Theory" through various forms of New Materialism, that have significantly influenced research into cultural memory over the past years. This course sets out to acquaint students with this rich body of research and theory in the form of lectures and seminars. In addition, the layered history of the city of Nijmegen and its surroundings yields a variety material remains to explore from the ancient Romans to the memorialization of the city's destruction during World War II. We will visit these sites in the form of field trips designed to apply and "test out" the theories discussed in classroom settings.

Learning outcome 
After this course you are able to:

Reflect critically on diverse practices of remembering in the material world
Identify the role of power relations in practices of memory
Apply theoretical perspectives and methodological tools to studying memory and materiality to diverse cultural contexts
Raise questions and articulate problems pertinent to the fields of Memory Studies and Material Culture Studies
Entry level:

Advanced bachelor
For whom is this course designed
The course caters to a wide range of students interested in cultural memory, history, anthropology, archaeology, and material culture. Students with a background in the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences will equally benefit from the course.

Admission requirements
Students are expected to have completed at least two years of their BA studies and should have a good command of English (at least B2).

Admission document

Monday 7 August- Friday 11 August 2017 (one week)

Course leader
Dr. László Munteán 
Assistant Professor
Cultural Studies (ACW)
Radboud University

Course fee 
€ 400 
The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

€ 360   early bird - deadline 1 April 2017 (10%)
€ 340    partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 300   early bird + partner discount (25%)

Number of EC
2 ECTS credits

More information:


Basic information:
Deadline: 01-06-2017

Contat details:
Coordinator: Radboud University