Type: Call for PapersDate: February 28, 2019Location: ItalySubject Fields: African History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Italian History / Studies, Law and Legal History
Call for Papers
Citizens and Subjects in the Italian Colonies:
Legal Constructions, Social Practices and the International Context (1882-1943)
Naples, 20-21 June 2019
The Department of Social Sciences of the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, the Department of Historical Studies of the Università degli Studi di Milano, together with the project PRIN-2015 “War and citizenship. Redrawing the boundaries of citizenship in the First World War and its aftermath” organize a Workshop to be held on 20-21 June, in Naples (Italy). This workshop seeks to bring together scholars of citizenship in the Italian colonial context and aims at inserting the Italian experience in a broad comparative frame.
Colonialism is based not only upon the exclusion of the indigenous people but also – and particularly – on the differential inclusion of those same people. Colonial governments in different moments and with different juridical and administrative tools tried to manage relationships with individuals, social groups and preexisting power in order to impose political order, exploit resources, and legitimize their sovereignty’s claims. In most cases, the colonial governments recognized part of the demands coming from the native society and did not act like a stone-breaker state. The inclusion of the colonial subjects in positions that would certify their subaltern status would supply the administration with an adequate instrument to establish and maintain the colonial domination, building a political space organized according to different rights regimes and degrees of belonging.
The politics of citizenship and subjecthood must be set against this background. For the powers, like Italy, which had it, citizenship was a legal device that defined the relationship between the individual and the state. It was also, on the one hand, a tool to trace clear boundaries between colonizers and colonized people, and on the other an instrument to obtain loyalty and collaboration, generally held elements essential for the good implementation of the colonial administration. The opposition colonizers/dominated people, therefore, is not sufficient to describe the complexity of the colonial environment. In the colonial political space, gray zones, collaboration, negotiation, and subaltern strategies came into play and shaped the politics of citizenship.
The policies of citizenship reflected and embodied the ideas on nation and race that were in play both in the metropole and in the colonial society. In the Italian experience, diverse – and sometimes contrasting – policies of citizenship took place alongside the elaboration of categories, such as that of sudditanza, derived from the French sujétion, and institutions, like the cittadinanza speciale libica.
The workshop seeks to investigate policies of citizenship through the lenses of the international and inter-imperial connections, adopting a comparative approach in the period comprised between the beginnings of the Italian colonial enterprise and its demise. It also intends to pay particular attention to the impact of the WWI on the notion and practices of citizenship in colonial contexts, during the war and in its aftermath.
We invite the submission of papers dealing with the following aspects:
- the construction of legal categories and their links and interactions with other colonial cases
- the position of colonial subjects, in connection with racial conceptions
- the history of the different kinds of ‘special’ colonial citizenship as an intermediate category between the full citizenship and the subjecthood
- the social and administrative practices of requesting and approving/denying the full citizenship
- the citizenship’s regimes of women and mixed-blood children
- the subaltern strategies of belonging
- the position of colonial settlers and their relationship both with the colonial power and the indigenous people
- the change of legal and political paradigms between the liberal age and Fascism
- the status and social practices of minorities in colonial contexts, like for example the Jews in Libya or the Armenians in Ethiopia
- politics of citizenship in wartime and its aftermath
Paper proposals (in English or Italian) of a maximum length of 2.000 characters, accompanied by a short biographical sketch and list of the author’s main publications, should be submitted by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February. Authors will hear back from the conference organization by 31 March.
The organization will cover travel and accommodation expenses. For travels from non-European countries, funding is limited and determined on a case by case basis.
Simona Berhe (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Daniela L. Caglioti (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Giacomo Demarchi (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Olindo De Napoli (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)Contact Info: Olindo De Napoli, PhDDipartimento di Scienze SocialiUniversità di Napoli Federico IIvico Monte di Pietà 1 – 80138 Napolitel. +39 081 2532199Contact Email: email@example.comURL: http://unina.academia.edu/OlindoDeNapoli/CFP
Traversing the Gap: Relevance as a Transformative Force at Sites of Public Memory
June 19–21, 2019
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is pleased to announce the second Andrew W. Mellon Conference, which will be titled, “Traversing the Gap: Relevance as a Transformative Force at Sites of Public Memory,” and will be held on June 19–21, 2019.
As time passes between the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the present, efforts to engage the public in the process of constructing and making sense of the events, as well as their relationship to them, becomes increasingly difficult. Time distances visitors and those who work on memory-related initiatives from communal traumas and the historic sites that commemorate them, interfering with processes of understanding and empathy. Due to this phenomenon, our conference explores the concept of “relevance,” as a state of staying connected to a particular communal trauma in order to educate, foster growth, and encourage empathy. In such a way, memorials, museums, and historic sites become not only places of honoring victims but also places that support transformation at the individual and cultural levels.
Located in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the conference will be an interdisciplinary exploration of “relevance.” According to some scholars and museum professionals, relevance is an internal, cognitive process that activates prior knowledge or helps witnesses identify commonalities between their personal histories and the histories of those victimized or affected by historical violence. This process of activation can be a socially mediated experience, occurring in interactions within people and communities (Nielsen, 2014).
Not everyone agrees, however, on this understanding of relevance. Some museum professionals and theorists prefer to call the approach outlined above as “familiarity,” and instead define relevance as an unleashing of new modes and understandings among audiences who may not initially identify with the content or setting (Simon, 2016). In this sense, sites of public memory invite visitors into an encounter with narratives that have the potential to transform the self and relations with others (Ellsworth, 2005). Within memorial and museum environments, audiences confront histories and lives radically different from their lived experiences. Opportunities arise for awareness, new learning, and activism across gaps of time and social location, such as race, gender, ability, and sexuality (Hooper-Greenhill, 2007; Rose, 2016; Simon, 2014). Regardless of the tactics or the pathways in which relevance emerges for audiences, we take interest in relevance as an endeavor to make sense of life events and the self, as the thinking and feeling undertaken to better understand the present world and the recent past.
Paper and workshop proposals are encouraged to explore this issue of relevance, examining the cultural institutions, educational interventions, theoretical models, archives, bodies, and texts that contend with cultivating connectivity, interaction, and meaningful engagement with a wide range of audiences. Central questions for inquiry include:
- How do sites of public memory both consider and cultivate “relevance” in their audiences?
- What kinds of theoretical models are needed to frame and analyze relevance at sites of public memory?
- What strategies do these sites use to understand their audiences? How do these understandings drive content or exhibitions at the site?
We invite paper and panel proposals from scholars, practitioners, museum professionals, and graduate students who can speak to the conference theme. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and CV to the conference organizers (Drs. Stephanie Arel and Cathlin Goulding) at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2018.
Panel proposals should include an additional abstract for the theme of the panel. Some financial assistance will be available to help offset the cost of attendance. Selected papers may be included in a follow-up edited volume.
Featured Keynotes include:
- Dr. Adam Brown, Faculty of Pyschology and Director of Sarah Lawrence College’s Cognition and Emotion Laboratory
- Dr. Lisa Yun Lee, Associate Professor of Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago & Director of the National Public Housing Museum
- Karen Till, Professor of Geography at Maynooth University & Director of the Mapping Spectral Traces Network
Going Against the Grain: October 1-4, 2019
2019 marks 30 years since the end of the Cold War and the beginning of an era pregnant with promise and potential for human rights, democracy, and global governance. While the world has seen substantial progress, we are facing the potential of a profoundly dystopian future instead of the utopia of our dreams.
Global capitalism drives widening and deepening inequalities. Its dependence on natural resource extraction and exploitation is hastening ecological collapse. Authoritarianism and populism have risen from the rubble of liberalism’s inability to deliver on its pledges. Technology, once promoted as a panacea for transnational boundary breaking and democratization, further empowers the powerful to reshape politics and upend notions of privacy, social life, information, employment, and even biology.
The forces originally designed to lift up the marginalized, level the playing field, confine power, and ensure accountability have been weaponized and turned against society. Critics have questioned the relevance of the human rights field in countering these trends; they have alleged that the movement suffers from neocolonialist tendencies and unfettered reliance on existing economic and political systems. These dynamics have caused a sense of crisis within the human rights community, prompting extensive self-examination and efforts to affirm its legitimacy and counter high-profile critiques.
Now is the time for creativity and innovation to confront these systemic challenges with an ambition commensurate to their scale and scope. How can and should the human rights movement shape itself in the future to understand and address such complex risks and structural transformations? What kind of strategic directions — from reform-oriented to radical — should be analyzed and considered? Which approaches, tools, and spaces are emerging as critical? What novel ones should be cultivated? What are the risks in doing so?
In this spirit, the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton will convene the 2019 Social Practice of Human Rights (SPHR) conference to address high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. It will be our task to reinvigorate collaborative efforts with hope and vigor, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.”
Submissions are welcome on topics that address themes and their intersections including:
- Eco-economic transformation: emphasis on intersectional inequality, redistributive models, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability and climate justice.
- Technological transformation: the implications and promise of artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, technology-based innovation, and the role of digital freedom.
- Social and political transformation: the power of social movements; civic and feminist mobilization; the role of theater, art, and cultural expressions of human rights; and the inclusion, protection, and resourcing of social movements, activists, and advocates.
We especially encourage workshops, roundtables, and panels that place scholars and practitioners in constructive dialogue with one another.
Limited travel support is available to practitioners and presenters from the Global South, as well as graduate students, junior scholars, and contingent faculty with financial need.
Proposals/paper submissions must contain:
- A title
- An abstract of 300 or fewer words
- A biographical statement (no more than 200 words) for each author, including name, title, and institution/organization affiliation.
Please submit a proposal by June 1, 2019.
Submitters will be notified of the status of their proposals by June 1, 2019.
Registration begins June 1, 2019 and accepted submitters will need to register by June 21, 2019 to be included in the program.
All presenters must submit their SPHR19 paper (e.g. academic paper, report, manuscript, concept note) in its entirety to the Human Rights Center via email to email@example.com by September 1, 2019.
PREVENTION ACTIVISM: ADVANCING HISTORICAL DIALOGUE IN POST-CONFLICT SETTINGS
8th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network
New York City
December 12-14, 2019
Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: June 20, 2019
Prevention activism—that is, the effort to record, acknowledge, address and redress the violent past— seeks to counter nationalist myths and identities that are central ingredients of ethnic and political violence. Its goal is to deny the propensity for the future escalation of violence by acknowledging the role that the misuse of history has played in dividing societies. In other words, by enhancing public discussions about the past, prevention activism has become a central part of the efforts in post-conflict societies, as well as in democratic societies, to come to terms with their violent past.
This conference seeks to explore activities that can be defined as “prevention activism”, and their academic analysis. What forms do projects and initiatives take to address past violence, and what impact have they had? These projects often range from civil society initiatives, to government-instated commissions, to the work of international bodies. We are particularly interested in the study of how a specific body has worked to address past violence. Other topics include evaluating the success and failures of such initiatives; exploring the challenges faced by prevention activism; understanding the ways in which pressures, from funding resources to political developments, affect, suppress or inform activism.
Prevention activism and the ways in which it has been implemented on the ground inspired the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project (http://historicaldialogues.org/mhdp/), and papers that take up this resource, or a discussion of the projects mapped therein are also welcome.
The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network (http://historicaldialogues.org/), which is coordinated by an international Steering Committee, the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, will hold its annual conference on December 12-14, 2019 at the Columbia University in New York City, USA.
In addition to papers that specifically address prevention activism, priority will be given to papers that explore the relationship between memory (individual, societal or international) and historical dialogue, and empirical approaches to historical dialogue, with a particular focus on the issue of the efficacy of justice, accountability and reconciliation mechanisms.
If you are interested in participating, please e-mail a 300-500 word abstract, a 2-3 sentence bio, and contact information to email: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 20th, 2019. The documents should be sent in a single e-mail attachment. The conference is open to the scholars and activists from around the world. The conference language is English, no translation available. There is no conference registration fee, and no funding for participation is provided. Applications for panels or roundtables are also welcome.
Panels consist of a chair and 3-4 panelists. Panelists should plan to speak for 15 minutes each; the chair is expected to start the panel in a timely manner, to introduce each panelist, to ensure that speakers keep to their allotted time, and to moderate the Q and A. Panelists are not asked to circulate their papers in advance. If you are interested in submitting a panel, please provide a title for the panel and a brief overview of the theme or question that the panel will explore. Participants should also provide a title and abstract for their presentation. They should also include a brief, 2-3 sentence bio and their contact information. These materials should be submitted as a single document to email: email@example.com
Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair would in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. The focus of discussion must be clearly articulated in the abstract, and participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance, even if the nature of a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel. If you are interested in submitting a roundtable abstract, please include the title of the roundtable, a description (300-500 words) of the issue or question to be discussed, and a list of participants with a brief bio for each person listed, including contact information for each participant. These materials should be submitted as a single document to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Ethics of Action: Conflict Transformation, Peace, and Human Rights”
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason
Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego School of
Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Book Scope and Rationale:
Peace studies and peacebuilding have cultivated a strong sense of
professional ethics to guide practice. However, the field of ethical
practice in peace studies and peacebuilding has mainly focused on the
ethical dilemmas of specific interventions as actions, particularly as
it relates to the intended or unintended outcomes of interventions.
Less well understood are the ethics of leadership, the ethics of
decision-making, and the enduring dilemmas that practitioners face in
the course of their everyday work.
This volume convenes distinguished and emerging scholars and
scholar-practitioners to critically examine the state of the field in
ethical practice and the ethics of practice. This effort will consider
questions of theory and experience as well as enduring puzzles that
have no clear solutions. The volume is intended to deepen scholarship
on ethics in international and global studies, peace and conflict
studies, peace and justice studies, peace studies, human rights, and
other related fields; enhance the impact of scholarship on practice;
enhance feedback from practice to scholarship; and to develop the
field of ethics in a way that can inform the work of practitioners,
advocates, and peacemakers.
Possible issues to explore in a given field of practice include (but
are not limited to):
-Balancing donor demands with local integrity;
-Deciding how to formulate, prioritize, and change goals, especially
in shifting contexts;
-Navigating between competing goals and balancing tactics with strategy;
-Developing influence: including material, institutional, discursive;
-Interpreting and applying abstract values in rapidly changing circumstances;
-Navigating tradeoffs between peace and justice, and vice-versa;
-Operationalizing positive peace without compromising democracy;
-Enabling conflict systems to stabilize without meaningful transformation;
-Conducting urgently-needed research with integrity;
-Any other wicked hard problems faced by practitioners of conflict resolution,
peacebuilding, human rights, and collective action.
The chapters should be rooted in scholarship on ethics—whether
academic or applied—in light of critical and relevant cases. Chapters
should also go beyond extant research to examine the practical
opportunities and challenges raised by decision-making dilemmas.
Concrete examples are welcome; however, the chapter arguments should
have broader applicability than a single case study, and should
clearly identify the main contributions to ethical leadership.
Instructions for Submission:
Interested contributors should e-mail Douglas Irvin-Erickson with 300
word abstracts before February 1, 2019 (email@example.com).
Abstracts will be reviewed by the co-editors in the first week of
February, and responses will be emailed to contributors in the middle
Completed chapters are expected in June, 2019. The co-editors have
begun reaching out to presses, with a formal prospectus that will be
pitched at the International Studies Association meeting in March 2019
in Toronto. The co-editors have received positive responses on the
book concept from top-tier university press publishers.
Abstracts should be around 300 words, and clearly outline the
problems, theories, experiences, or puzzles the chapter will consider.
We are planning an engaging and readable volume. Accepted
contributions will expect to be short (no longer than 5,000 words
long) and snappy (sharp and provocative interventions, rather than
reviews of conventional ideas).
Please prepare manuscripts in Chicago intext citations with a bibliography.
The new online issue of Peace Policy is devoted to mass atrocities prevention. This special section is guest edited by ISG Executive Director, Ernesto Verdeja, and includes contributions from George Lopez (Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame) and Adam Lupel (International Peace Institute).
Available here: https://peacepolicy.nd.edu
The Institute for the Study of Genocide has formally joined the Alliance Against Genocide, an international network of over fifty nongovernmental human rights organizations and scholarly research centers. The Alliance is committed to creating the necessary political will to prevent and end genocide and mass atrocities through coalition building, consciousness raising and advocacy work.
The 2017 Lemkin Book Award Ceremony honoring ‘An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe’ by Benjamin Madley will be held on October 17, 2017 at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights in New York City. Professor Madley will give a lecture followed by a discussion. This is a free public event. More information available on our events page.
The Board of the Institute for the Study of Genocide (ISG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ernesto Verdeja as its Executive Director. Ernesto is Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. He serves on the Board of the ISG and is Chair of the Lemkin Book Award Committee.
Ernesto earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science (political theory) from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His research focuses on large-scale political violence (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity), transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and trials, truth commissions, apologies, and reparations.
Ernesto is the author of Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence and a number of articles and chapters in genocide studies, transitional justice and political theory. He is also coeditor of volumes on peacebuilding and social movements, the field of genocide studies, and the international politics of genocide prevention. He has also served on the board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.
The Institute for the Study of Genocide is delighted to announce the addition of two new board members, Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum and Douglas Irvin-Erickson. Professor Getgen Kestenbaum is an attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she also directs the Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic and is Faculty Director of the Cardozo Law Institute on Holocaust and Human Rights. Her research focuses on genocide and mass atrocities prevention, the protection of vulnerable populations, and accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Professor Douglas Irvin-Erickson is Assistant Professor and Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, with research interests in the prevention of genocide and other forms of mass violence, international justice, and peace studies. More information on them can be found here.
Peter Balakian, recipient of the 2005 Lemkin Book Award for The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, has been named winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his collection Ozone Journal. Congratulations to Peter! For more information, go here.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Sheri Rosenberg in Philadelphia on May 22, 2015. Sheri served as Executive Director of ISG; and before that as a Member of the Board. The last two Lemkin Award Ceremonies were held at Cardozo Law School under her auspices.
Sheri was remarkable in her ability to pull together different groups of people and networks working toward issues of justice and human rights. She developed the clinic at Cardozo Law School on the Holocaust and Human Rights and held a series of path breaking international conferences there.
Our sympathy is extended to her husband Gregg Kantner and three small children and to her entire family. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Joyce Apsel, President of ISG
Helen Fein, Chair of the Board