After Political Violence: Trauma, Memory, Commemoration, and Representation

Monday, 16 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC07 Futures Research (host committee)

Language: English

After Political Violence:  Trauma, Memory, Commemoration, and Representation

How do nations (or groups in society) deal with the aftermath of collective violence?   What is the relationship between political violence and collective trauma, and how does this affect the relationships between victims and perpetrators in the present and future?  How does the memory and representation of political violence and trauma affect subsequent generations?  How does a nation or a group confront its violent past, how do groups commemorate their victimhood, and how does memory serve national or group interests in forming narratives of traumatic and violent events?  Who has the legitimacy to represent the violence and trauma, is there one narrative or many, and how do the politics of commemoration and representation impact discussions of future reparations and/or reconciliation?

This panel will showcase sociologists dealing with any aspect of the aftermath of political violence—war, genocide, or terrorism.  Papers are welcome that deal with the memory of conflict, collective trauma, continued conflict, or reconciliation.  Papers can also deal with the representation of conflict, or traumatic memory, by victims, ethnic groups, the media, national states, and/or museums.  Papers could also be on memory and memorialization, commemoration, memory and identity politics (constructing victims and perpetrators), political sites of memory, or how traumatic memory impacts future negotiations of retributive justice, forgiveness, and forgetting.  The panel will address how different ways of grappling with a violent past impact future peace or subsequent conflict.

Session Organizer:
Lynn RAPAPORT, Pomona College, USA
Lynn RAPAPORT, Pomona College, USA
Oral Presentations
How to Reconcile the Traumatic Past?: A Case Study of Historical Dialogue in East Asia
Horng-Luen WANG, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Body Politics, Sexual Violence and Trauma: Tattoos to ‘Re-Member’
Deborah DAVIDSON, York University, Canada; Mandi GRAY, York University, Canada
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