Letters from Samoa: Talent auditions, Law & Justice Open Day

Last week was a busy week for us here at the NHRI. Firstly we had our first round of auditions for our TV Talent Show, Samoa Rights Taleni. We had a variety of contestants, and some were selected to participate in the TV show. I can’t give away too much just yet, but can say there were a couple of standout contestants who can really deliver the talent we were hoping to see. Some performed poems, others dance, songs, and even a fantastic rap channeling Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech crossed with Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. We have another round of auditions at the end of the month. Keep your eyes peeled on Samoa’s TV1 in the month of November… Continue reading

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in
collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the
Holocaust, is accepting applications from graduate students in law,
medicine, journalism, and religion for a fellowship that uses the conduct
of professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive
two-week summer program on contemporary ethics in these fields.
Fellowships include an all-expense-paid trip from New York to Berlin,
Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading
faculty to explore both the history and the ethical issues facing
individuals in these professions today. All program costs, including
international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

Twelve to fifteen Fellows from each profession will be chosen to
participate in FASPE 2014 through a competitive process that draws
applicants from across the country. The dates for the 2014 trips are:

Journalism and Law: May 25 – June 5, 2014;
Medical and Seminary: June 15 – June 26, 2014

Completed applications must be received by December 20th for Seminary
students and January 6, 2014 for Law, Journalism and Medical students.

Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are
encouraged to apply.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: www.FASPE.info

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing
Director of FASPE, at ttritter@FASPE.info.

CfP: 3rd Annual Forum on Human Rights – “(En)Gendering Human Rights”

Call for Proposals from Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers

3rd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Forum on Human Rights
“(En)Gendering Human Rights”

February 28, 2014
Virginia Tech

The 3rd Annual College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Research Forum on Human Rights, “(En)Gendering Human Rights,” will take place on the campus of Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg Virginia. All the papers and creative works will be presented on Friday, February 28, 2014. Pending funding, lodging may be provided for presenters travelling from other universities. The most promising papers and creative works will be considered for possible publication in Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences and/or Philologia, the journal of undergraduate research published by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. Continue reading

CfP: Genocide in World History

World History Bulletin
Special Issue
Genocide in World History
Spring 2014
Final Call For Papers

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, The World History
Bulletin is accepting submissions for a forthcoming issue focusing on
genocide in world history under the guest editorship of Phil Cantrell
(Longwood University). Authors may consider all aspects of historical
scholarship, including research, pedagogy, or theory. Course syllabi with
commentary on teaching comparative genocides or genocide in world history
are especially desirable. Interested authors should contact Dr Phil Cantrell
at cantrellpa@longwood.edu.
Authors should keep in mind that the World History Bulletin’s audience is
composed of specialists in a diverse range of historical fields and
periods, in addition to K-12 teachers. Thus, articles should be made as
clear and accessible as possible for this diverse readership. The World
History Bulletin publishes articles of varying lengths; though submissions
between 500 and 5,000 words will be considered, we are especially
interested in contributions of 1,500-3,500 words. The deadline for
submissions is November 30, 2013.

Lecturer in the law and institutions of the European Union

Starting date January 1, 2014.

The candidate will be expected to teach the law and institutions of the European Union. Scholars with a broad interest in interdisciplinary approaches to EU studies and a demonstrable knowledge of European law are particularly invited to apply. The MA European Union Studies is a dynamic programme, which offers its staff ample opportunity to give substance to their teaching. The lecturer will hold a position in the Institute for History.

For more information, see here.

CfP: Rwanda 20 Years After: Memory, Justice, and Recovery in the Shadow of Genocide, USA

March 28 & 29, 2014
Weber State University
Ogden, Utah

Call for Papers

On April 7th the world will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. The genocide itself claimed almost one million lives within 100 days. The aftermath would see an additional one million individuals processed through the gacaca courts and future generations fundamentally altered.

A survey of the literature demonstrates that the analysis and examination of the Rwandan genocide has crossed multiple disciplines, but rarely do they come together to share their insights. This small conference will offer an interdisciplinary forum in which we examine and discuss various facets of the Rwandan genocide, its aftermath, and its impact. We are seeking a broad spectrum of papers and/or panels which relate to some aspect of the 1994 genocide. One goal of this conference will be to publish a selection of papers as an edited collection. Continue reading

CfP: Panel on Genocide, Missouri Valley History Conference, USA

The Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is sponsoring a panel on
genocide at the Missouri Valley History Conference. As such, paper
proposals and/or panel proposals in this area are welcomed.

The 57th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference
Embassy Suites Downtown/Old Market
Omaha, Nebraska
March 6-8, 2014

The “theme” for this year’s conference will be:
“Indigenous Peoples: Cultures, Adaptations, and Survival”

Paper and panel proposals IN ALL AREAS OF HISTORY are welcome but we
especially encourage theme-related
papers. Continue reading

CfP: Silence after Violence: Mass atrocities and their aftermaths

May 22 & 23, 2014

An International Workshop sponsored by the Institute for Reconciliation and Justice, the University of the Free State and the Holocaust Studies Center, The University of Vermont
To be held in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Since the 1960s survivors and participants of violence, both mass and individual, as well as bystanding witnesses have been urged “to talk about it”. Increasingly any reluctance to recall and give-witness (note the religious phrasing) about all that had happened is framed as pathological, as a symptom of trauma. It is taken as an indice both of the harm already done as well as having continuing harmful effects in its own right. Silence or arguing for the right and the role of forgetting has been effectively delegitimized, and in some cases strongly advised against. Continue reading

CfP: Transitional justice – does it have a future?

IJTJ Special Issue 2015

The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions for its 2015 special issue entitled ‘Transitional justice: does it have a future?’ to be guest edited by Professor Makau Mutua. Professor Mutua is Dean, SUNY Distinguished Professor, and the Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York. Previously, he was the Associate Director at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, and the Director of the Africa Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.

He was appointed by the Government of Kenya as Chairman of the Task Force on the Establishment of a Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission, which recommended a truth commission for Kenya. He serves as the Chairman of the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

It has been more than a quarter of a century since transitional justice burst onto the global stage. Over the years it has come to be billed as a panacea for addressing deeply embedded social and political dysfunction after periods of mass repression and violence. Many theorists and policy makers have argued that it is a key bridge to sustainable peace, democracy, and human rights. Continue reading

CfP: The Future of Holocaust Testimonies III

An International Conference and Workshop
25-27 March 2014, Akko, Israel

Call for Papers

The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters House announce a third international interdisciplinary conference and workshop on The Future of Holocaust Testimonies to be held on 25-27 March 2013 in Akko.

Holocaust survivors and their testimonies have been, for many years, prominent in Holocaust memorial culture. As survivors pass away, critical focus inevitably moves to the legacy they leave behind: especially in the forms of written, audio and video testimonies. Scholarly work on survivor testimony is done today in many academic disciplines including history, literary analysis, linguistics, cultural criticism, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, etc. The rich and varied and corpus of testimonies requires the collaborative effort of researchers across disciplines to enable us to hear the voices of survivors articulated through their testimonies. Continue reading