Women in War (Paris), in partnership with the Institute of Archaeology
and Ethnography in Yerevan
21.05.2016-23.05.2016, Yerevan, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan
This international conference will bring together multidisciplinary scholars, activists and professionals working on different aspects of historical and contemporary genocide.
We will be basing ourselves on the following definition Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948
Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
• (a) Killing members of the group;
• (b) Causing serious bodily, mental or individual integrity harm to members of the group;
• (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
• (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
• (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Taking previous conferences further, this event shall focus on the gendered nature of personal, political and social consequences of genocide and explore the commonalities experienced by generations growing up the shadow of genocide. The key notions to be explored here are trauma, memory and commemoration, reinvention of tradition, post conflict nationalism and the instrumentalization of genocide, all seen through a gendered lens. An essential contemporary dimension will be added as we shall reflect on how genocide is treated in international law. Feminists thinkers and activists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers shall bring together their experiences and research: the intersection of their work will bring a unique dimension to this conference.
Genocide in political thinking and the judiciary
– The recognition of genocide, its gendered intersectionalities and the political price of censorship and denial
– Genocide in international law: the place of women’s claims and access to justice
– The experience of genocide as a political and national claim: the place of gender in instrumentalized tradition.
– Gender dimensions of international humanitarian interventions in the post-genocide period
– Gender sensitive reparations
Growing up in the shadow of genocide: the multiple forms of the unsaid
– Family Secrets Revealed: When a hidden identity is disclosed
– When the last witnesses die: building family memories
This conference is organised by Women in War, an NGO based in Paris, working specifically on Gender and Armed conflict run by Dr. Carol Mann, historian and sociologist specialized in these subjects, with one branch in Sarajevo, headed by Nermina Trbonja and another in Beirut, with Yeghia Tashjian. Dr Nona Shahnazarian is the representative in Yerevan, asssisted by Dr. Hasmik Grigorian.
From 2014 to 2018 , Women in War organises yearly large international conferences to commemorate the part played by women in World War One. Each event takes place in an emblematic location, in partnership with an important local university: Sarajevo (with the University of Sarajevo), Beirut (with the Lebanese-American-University) and for 2016, Yerevan. The conference will be filmed and fully documented online and in print.
PROPOSALS (in English or French) with a short bio SHOULD BE SENT BY DECEMBER 30th to
Please put your name in the “subject’ of mail
Queries should be sent to the same address.
All candidates will be notified by February 1st
Papers should be sent in by March Ist 2016 and a selection will be subsequently published after the conference․