CFP: Cultures of Damaged Societies: from Post-Conflict Resolution to Intercultural Dialogue

19 February 2014

2014 Annual Conference of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH)
Monash Africa Centre, Monash, South Africa (Johannesburg)
24 - 27 November 2014

As cultural historians dealing with the distant past we will be considering the cultural mediation of conflicts and peace making in past societies. A range of sub themes intended to stimulate valuable and constructive discourse follows.

  1. Value of cultural mechanisms (film, theatre, music, crafts, sport, art, architecture, cultural collections, museums, memorials, ceremonies, media, rituals and symbols) in post-conflict resolution.
  2. The challenges of teaching history in post conflict societies - whose narrative?
  3. Supporting and financing justice delivery and social reconstruction through tribunals, truth commissions and other transitional justice mechanisms.
  4. Public health work in post conflict peace building.
  5. Waging peace: road maps to peace; conflict resolution; election monitoring; peace keeping; constitution drafting; voter education; democracy programs.
  6. Reducing societal polarization through subjective reporting by improving professional media practices, standards, and understanding.
  7. Resolution of clashes over religion; and cultural, national or ethnic identity.
  8. Contesting ownership of the peace process: creating spaces for post-conflict intercultural dialogue.
  9. The safeguarding, return and restitution of cultural objects in post conflict societies.Page 1
  10. Re-intergration of ex-combatants, including child soldiers, into society.
  11. Methodologies for conflict analysis - links between theory and practice in this field.
  12. The Vulnerability of women during and after conflict - gender based violence.
  13. Cultural mediation of conflicts in history.
  14. Performing conflicts and making peace in traditional societies
  15. New approaches and trends in cultural history.

Paper proposals (300 words maximum), or proposals for panels of three speakers, should be sent to Laurence Shee by 28 February 2014 together with a short bio of 150 words. Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will be expected to become members of the ISCH.

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