Justice and Imagination: Building Peace in Post-Conflict Societies
How can societies build lasting peace when they emerge from violent internal conflicts facing widespread trauma and loss of life, a disintegration of the social fabric, weakened state institutions, and broken economic structures? From Syria to Guatemala, countries around the world wrestle with this question. The conference brings together leading authorities from around the world to analyze which processes of transitional justice, forms of reconciliation and memory and conditions for economic and social policies increase the effectiveness of peace building and reconstruction in post-conflict environment.
ALL CONFERENCE EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN GAMBLE AUDITORIUM, ART MUSEUM
Friday, February 28, 2014
8 pm Keynote Address:
Justice and Peace: Can We Have Both?
Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:30 am – 10:15 am Transitional Justice
Moderator: Andy Reiter, Assistant Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke College
Why is there a backlash against the International Criminal Court and does it matter?
Leslie Vinjamuri, Associate Professor and co-director of the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS, University of London
10:15 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Memory and Reconciliation
Moderator: Karen Remmler, Director of the Five College Women’s Research Center, Professor of German Studies, Professor of German Studies
Violence, Memory and the Politics of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Malathi de Alwis, ’85, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Contested Politics, Contested Narratives: The Struggle over Historical Memory in the Middle East
Judy Barsalou, President, Elhibri Foundation, Washington, D.C. (paper draft)
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm Social and Economic Policies for Lasting Peace
Moderator: Eva Paus, Professor of Economics, Mount Holyoke College
Building Peace or Fueling Conflict? International Assistance to War-torn Societies.
James Boyce, Professor, Department of Economics; Director, Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Reconstruction Zones as a Driver for Investment, Trade, Employment, Food and Human Security
Graciana del Castillo, Former Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of Economics, Columbia University (paper draft)