The University of Sydney is hosting an international symposium entitled “Judging the Past in a Post-Cold War World.”
Attempts at settling the legacy of the Cold War have resulted in national Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, prosecution (or attempted prosecution) of state officials, politicians and military officers and the construction of monuments and memorials as sites of memory. They have inspired an outpouring of literary and artistic works, and a flourishing film and documentary industry. They are often marked, however, by on-going dissent and recrimination, as the past ‘refuses to pass.’ This Symposium aims to trace these various ways of judging the past both in the countries at the hot centre of the Cold War and in those that were swept up in the wake of its confrontations. How have we and how can we come to terms with a past that is still so present?
Speakers include Phillip Deery (Professor of History, College of the Arts, Victoria University), Tim Harper (Reader in South-East Asian and Imperial History, University of Cambridge), Katherine Hite (Professor of Political Science, Frederick Ferris Thompson Chair, Vassar), Klaus Neumann (Professor of History, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University), Joy Damousi (Professor of History, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne), and Ann Curthoys (Professsor emerita, University of Sydney).
Dates: Monday 28 September – Tuesday 29 September 2015
Venue: University of Sydney, Kevin Lee Room (8th floor of Brennan MacCallum bldg.)
Free entrance to interested academics.
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