The figure of the perpetrator occupies a paradoxical position in contemporary society, characterized by a constant oscillation between fascination, repugnance, demonization and, in some cases, sympathy. This moral uncertainty is difficult to reconcile with contemporary memory culture and commemorative practice, particularly with respect to the commemoration of state crimes, which depends on a clear distinction between victim and perpetrator. And yet, it is precisely this uncertainty that has the potential to open up new and productive avenues for dealing with the legacy of past atrocities.
H-Memory is a network open to all academics and researchers concerned with Memory Studies. This inter-disciplinary field interests itself in how humans remember and represent that memory, be it through literature, monuments, historical works, or in their own private lives.
Children and War: Past and Present
Third international multidisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on 13-15 July 2016
Organized by the University of Salzburg and the University of Wolverhampton, in association with the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.
Encountering Perpetrators of Mass Killings, Political Violence and Genocide
University of Winchester, 1-3 September 2015
The conference will be held at the King Alfred Campus of the University of Winchester. The programme of the conference can be found below and at the conference's website