The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network is an organisation that provides a platform for researchers and activists working on issues of historical dialogue, historical and transitional justice, and public and social memory. From 1-3 December 2016 they will organise their Sixth Annual Conference: Confronting Violent Pasts and Historical (In)Justice. The NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host the Conference in Amsterdam. Their Conference Theme aims to discuss what happens after the violence and the ad-hoc trials, a phase in which we can begin to assess the impact on societies from which the perpetrators and/or victims emerged. Questions like: “Is there a right timing for addressing the violent past? Should and could historians and historical dialogue play a more instrumental role in these processes?”
A unique gathering of educators and civil society practitioners from East Asia and Europe to explore the role of international cooperation, history education and civil society in establishing sustainable peace in East Asia in dialogue with Europe.
EUROCLIO, was the proud and selected host for the International NGOs Forum on History and Peace in Leiden, Utrecht and The Hague. Together with the International History NGO for History and Peace they aimed to organise a Conference focusing on History and Peace. In many ways the goal of gaining a better common understanding of the role of international relations, history education and civil society in establishing sustainable peace in East Asia in a dialogue with Europe, was achieved.
In the evaluation one of the participants concluded: "The conference was excellent in every regard. It was particularly rewarding to have such a large number of excellent Asian scholars. I might note in particular the excellent presentation by Daching Yong, as well as the moving address by the elderly Korean woman who relayed her experiences with such emotional and moral force."
EUROCLIO devoted an article to each day, with an emphasis on the daily focus. If you would like to continue reading about Historical Justice in Europe and East-Asia, the history of colonialism and World War Two in Europe and East Asia or Global History in the 21st Century, please follow one of the links.
6 July @ The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Historical Justice in Europe and East Asia
Key Note speech by Prof. Dr. Antoon de Baets, followed by presentations, and visits to The Hague - City of Peace and Justice.
Report: "Teaching about Historical Justice at the Europe-Asia Conference in The Hague"
7 July @ Leiden University
Addressing the history of colonialism and World War 2 in Europe and East Asia: comparing and contrasting
Visit to LeidenAsiaCentre, discussion panels and thematic workshops
Report: "Comparing and Contrasting European and East Asian History"
8 July @ Utrecht University
Teaching global history in the 21st century: challenges and opportunities and the role of teachers
Panel presentations on peaceful cooperation in East Asia, workshops by university lecturers
Report: "Teaching for Peace in Practice – Challenges and Opportunities"
On April 1, the Dutch NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies organized a symposium titled “Genocide Drawn” in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The central question of the symposium was How to work with comics and graphics on genocide and war crimes? The symposium took the brilliant Maus graphics from Art Spiegelman as reference point. For an audience of teachers, artists and art students the richness of this type of sources was enlightened from different disciplines: historical research, media studies and art. Students from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts functioned as “artists in residence”. During the workshops participants looked at how to analyse these graphics sources. What are the specific characteristics that have to be taken into account when working with comics and graphics?
Following up on the “Genocide Drawn” event, EUROCLIO and NIOD will explore the potential of comics and graphics as teaching materials and how these can be used in history education.
This article was written by EUROCLIO Ambassador Ineke Veldhuis-Meester, who attended the event on behalf of EUROCLIO.
On the occasion of the Centennial of what is commonly referred to as the Armenian Genocide, academics and professionals from a variety of disciplines and countries came on 5 to 7 March together in The Hague, the Netherlands, to celebrate a conference where discuss the impact of this event in their respective fields. EUROCLIO Founder and Special Advisor Joke van der Leeuw-Roord and Trainee Ivan Markovic attended the event and report: Alexis Demirdjian, a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the NIOD the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the University of Southern California – Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies were co-hosting this conference. The contributions are brought together in a publication questioning the relevance of the Genocide today and its impact on the fields of study of Law, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Literature, Education and Media Studies.
The conference opened with a public event showing, “Grandma’s Tattoos”, a film by Suzanne Khardalian, which features the story of her grandmother and many other untold stories of other Armenian women who were kidnapped, sexually abused, and tattooed during the atrocities. The well-known American/Armenian historian Dr. Ronald Suny introduced public and experts into the main findings of his new publication A history of the Armenian genocide. After his introductory talk a wide range of speakers addressed very topical issues such as Armenia and the G-Word: the law and the politics, compensation for the Armenian Genocide, media coverage of the current discourse relating to the event in Turkey and the demolishing of the monument related to the genocide in 2011 in Kars, Turkey.
An intercultural dialogue was unfortunately absent despite the wish of the organisers to have a critical discussion on the impact of the Genocide. The discourse in the conference was hampered to the fact that too many speakers needed more time than allocated to their presentations. It was therefore impossible for the audience to ask questions let alone to commend.