Emerging Scholars Seminars


Post Conflict Strategies in Collective Memory:  Case Study Sri Lanka.
Genocide Scholars’ Travel Seminar August, 2018


The complexities of reconciling a collective narrative toward truth, justice and memory in post conflict regions of the world are lived, and profoundly challenging experiences.  As such, locations that have organized institutional efforts which engage the imagination and conscience of their populations are important centers for study and international engagement in genocide prevention.

Sri Lanka represent an area of the world that has been witness to mass atrocity crimes which damaged or destroyed basic institutions responsible for fostering health and wellbeing of their citizenry.  In the wake of mass violence, the nation has made a collective commitment to genocide education, reconciliation processes and prevention strategies which have initiated and instituted important political, judicial, economic and cultural practices fostering a continuum of understanding and historical perspective.

This special travel seminar to Sri Lanka is organized to facilitate a group learning experience for emerging scholars, senior scholars or professionals who are working in the fields of Genocide Studies, History, Memory Studies, Museum Studies and intersecting fields of socio/ political and cultural expression.  The objectives for this group study / travel experience are three fold:

  1. To develop an understanding of the socio-historical processes which gave rise to the polarization of the populations within this nation with a view toward recognition and understanding critical social patterns precipitating mass violence, and collective memory / reconciliation processes and their challenges post conflict.
  2. To establish a survey introduction to memory and museum studies and their individual and collective educational and cultural expressions as they relate to memory and mass atrocity. Application of this introduction will facilitate a more nuanced perspective on the strategies Sri Lanka has established and implemented to narrate objective and inclusive collective memory processes as well as a perspective on the challenges each nation faces with this responsibility.
  3. To explore through travel on location, the array of memory sites, commemoration and remembrance educational and cultural activities and sites of conscience across the heart of the nation; deepening our individual academic knowledge base with “on the ground experience” and group discussion.

Using an experiential educational framework, the group will work together to create a depth of collective understanding of the course objectives, with a comprehensive recommended reading list, group online discussions followed by an intensive travel / study experience in country includes educational tours of memorials, museums, and other state institutions; meetings with local artists, scholars, experts and survivors; instruction by local educators; meetings with representatives from government commissions, civil society organizations, and survivor advocacy groups; and access to historical archives.

This seminar is in the process of final development.  I anticipate travel to occur in August of 2018.  If you have interest in participating please contact me at your convenience.  The day to day itinerary is currently being developed.    You can contact me at info@beyondgenocide.net with questions or interest in being on the mailing list for scholars travel seminars.




AUGUST 11 – 20, 2016:  FULL BROCHURE LINK HERE  Includes Overview; Daily Itinerary with Links and Registration Information

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8/2014:  Rwanda and Ethiopia Trip  Emerging Scholars:

This special educational travel seminar to Rwanda and Ethiopia is designed for emerging scholars in the fields of Comparative Genocide Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Media Studies, Memory Studies, Museum Studies, and cognate fields. This 16-day travel experience and professional / academic course will prepare the emerging scholar to gain knowledge and professional skills through study, observation and direct experience, dialogue with experts and implementation of critical analytical skills in understanding the history of genocide, post conflict challenges and the role of museums, memorials and civil society in remembrance, commemoration, reconciliation and reconstruction in these two nations.

Co-facilitators:  Amy Fagin, independent scholar and visual artist and Dr. Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Information and Media Studies at Western University (Canada) will co-facilitate the course instruction and guide this extraordinary learning experience that will afford a transformational global perspective for the emerging scholar.

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