Archive: September, 2015

Workshop: “Democratizing History in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings Across Central and Eastern Europe”

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

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On Friday, 11 September 2015, the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde will be hosting a one-day workshop on “Democratizing history in conflict and post-conflict settings across Central and Eastern Europe.” Building upon conversation initiated at the 2014 International Oral History Association meeting, workshop participants will examine the particular ethical, methodological and theoretical challenges and insights associated with oral historians’ and related practitioners’ efforts to complicate the grand historical narratives that would otherwise silence civilians’ lived experiences of conflict and post-conflict settings in Central and Eastern Europe. It will include an impressive range of academics and related practitioners, including Rory Archer, Catherine Baker, Maria Bucur, David Green, Mary HeimannKevin McDermott, Beatrice Michalovska, Andrea PetoRosa Vilbr, and myself presenting our work on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, and Hungary. (more…)

Call for chapter abstracts: Edited volume on “Approaching Perpetrators”

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Prisoners at work, Rwanda

Call for Chapters

Approaching Perpetrators: Insights on Ethics, Methods, and Theory

Deadline: October 1, 2015

Editors: Kjell Anderson, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies,

& Erin Jessee, University of Strathclyde

Although much has been written about the causes of genocide and similar mass atrocities, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge of perpetrators. While a range of studies have emerged over the past few decades that examine perpetrators’ motives and actions as represented in legal transcripts or through the narratives of survivors, for example, there is a relative paucity of studies that emerge from firsthand qualitative fieldwork with perpetrators themselves. Our volume will address this gap by bringing into conversation for the first time a selection of chapters on perpetrators of genocide and related mass atrocities based entirely on qualitative field research. As such, this volume will explore the personal, social, economic, political and historical contexts through which people from a range of backgrounds become perpetrators, and the theoretical insights that can be gained from engaging with perpetrators’ narratives, facilitating a more nuanced understanding of how genocide and related mass atrocities take shape within societies. (more…)


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