February 2014 Archives

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Uruguayan Memories of Dictatorship: A lector by Mariana Achugar
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Thursday, March 6
Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe
Thursdays 3:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
1-109 Herbert M Hanson, Jr Hall

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Why do family conversations matter in processes of intergenerational transmission of traumatic pasts? Mariana Achugar will share some examples from a two-year ethnographic project in Uruguay where 20 youth and their families were interviewed. The analysis of the styles of interactions that occur in these families with different backgrounds will show how they make sense of the past and what narratives characterize their recollections. She will then attempt to explain why some conversations produce "more sharable" memories of the dictatorship.

A Series of Events to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
April 16, 17, 19, 2014

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The Institute for Global Studies in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program are hosting a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events will include a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 teacher workshop. The objectives of the commemorative events are: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses of the international community to the violence, and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action.

Sponsorship made possible in part by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation.

A conversation between Professor Leslie Morris and Photographer David Sherman
Sunday, March 2
California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Suite 204, Minneapolis
Tickets: $10.00 ($5.00 for Students)to purchase contact Rimon at 952-381-3449 or by clicking here.

Professor Morris and Mr. Sherman will discuss the power and responsibility of art to speak to how we understand the Holocaust and those immediately touched by it.

Professor Leslie Morris is Associate Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. She served as director of the University's Center for Jewish Studies from 2000 to 2009. She is also affiliated with the Center for German and European Studies and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Memory and history are overarching themes in Morris's work. Her interest in understanding Jewish experience is expressed through her study of a spectrum of artistic media, including word, sound, and the use of the body itself. She is currently completing a book entitled The Translated Jew: Jewish Writing Outside the Margins.

David Sherman, created the photographic portraits for the Jewish Community Relations Councils exhibit Transfer of Memory,producing portraits of local Holocaust survivors in color with the intention of capturing them not as victims but as individuals who have survived to have full lives. Each portrait reflects the life of the sitter, providing future generations with a memory of those who have both survived and those who did not.

This event is the third in the 2013-14 series of Rimon Artist Salons.
For more information please visit the Rimon website.

Undergraduate Students Conference
April 17, 2014

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies are hosting three days of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events will include a public conference (April 16th), a student conference (April 17th) and a K-12 teacher workshop (April 19th). The objectives of the commemorative events are to promote public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, analyze the immediate responses by the international community, and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide.

The students' conference seeks to bring together undergraduate students (preferably advanced undergraduates) from different disciplines that are working on the Rwandan Genocide or other episodes of genocide and mass violence. To this end, we are seeking a broad range of papers that examine but are not limited to the following topics:


The Rwandan Genocide: Historical and socio-political paths leading to the genocide; the role of the international community, including the ICTR; the gacaca courts; testimonials of survivors; public memory; etc.

Genocide and the international community: Intervention or lack thereof in genocides and large-scale political violence; potential responses to genocide and mass violence; the role of neighboring countries, the UN and other countries.

Genocide and the media: International and local media coverage of genocide; hate media and genocide incitement; representations of mass violence and its (cognitive and ethical) limits.

Rape as genocide: Rape and other forms of gendered victimization during or in the aftermath of mass violence; women-headed households; medical care; children of rape.

Justice and politics of reconciliation after genocide: The role and effectiveness of judicial processes and transitional justice mechanisms such as the ICTR, truth commissions and reparations.

Genocide and public memory: Memorials, museums and commemoration days/weeks; the politics of commemoration; the use of human remains in memorials and related issues.

Genocide and education. Teaching about genocide and mass atrocities; the representation of genocide in history and other textbooks.

Abstracts not exceeding 250 words and a 2 page CV should be sent to Wahutu j. Siguru Siguru@umn.edu by the 28th of February 2014. For more information, please visit the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Symposia & Conference page.

The organizers will provide supporting funds to defray the costs of the participants whose paper are accepted for presentation. Out of state student presenters will be awarded up to $500 and in state student presenters will be awarded up to $200.

The conference was made possible by funding from the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies at The Minneapolis Foundation and is sponsored by The Institute for Global Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota.

The Collective Memory of Mass Atrocities
A talk by Alejandro Baer, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, U of M
Thursday, February 20
3:00p.m.
Room 1-109 Hanson Hall

"Postmemory", "multi-directional memory" and "cosmopolitan memory" are terms used by contemporary scholars to describe the changing nature of the practices of remembrance in post-conflict societies. We will look at the emerging modes of traumatic memory production, circulation and consumption in a globalized context, which are highly conditioned by the language of the Holocaust. The Jewish genocide serves as powerful symbol and also as a cognitive model--a script--for structuring and framing the events of a troubling past. What are its effects on social relations and individual subjects?

Session 3 in the public, one-credit course Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.

Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)
"Grievable Lives": Dealing with Dimensions of (Mass) Violence in Somali Transnational Migration"
Thursday, February 13
3:00 p.m.
Room 710 Social Sciences

Verena Stern is the 2013/2014 BMWF Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. She is writing her dissertation on the migration of undocumented refugees from Somalia to the European Union. Stern's research interests include Human Rights and transnational migration.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology organizes this research workshop for graduate students and faculty members of all departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Minnesota. For a list of past and future presenters please visit the CHGS workshop page by clicking here.

For more information or to particpate please contact Wahutu Siguru at siguru@umn.edu.

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