Reliving, Narrating, Showing, and Repairing Mass Crimes through Space

Fifth International Conference on Perpetrators of Mass Violence

22 to 24 November 2023

 

Saló de Graus

Facultat de Filologia, Traducció I Comunicació

(Universitat de València)

Mass crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of genocide crystallize in sites that their perpetrators consider suitable for their criminal task or that are conditioned for their purposes. These sites vary, on the one hand, according to different geographical, social, political, religious, and cultural contexts; on the other hand, depending on the duration, dynamics and changes in the life of political regimes, conflict situations, war context, and threats (real or imagined) from the enemy. Despite these undeniable differences, the discursive frameworks in which these places are inscribed possess a sort of air of familiarity. For this reason, the comparative research of such spaces is fruitful, as it allows us to grasp both the affiliations, mimicries and inspirations as well as the ‘originality’ and innovation of criminal cartography.

 

If this happens with the scenes of mass crimes, the same occurs with those that have been converted into sites of memory: many of their identifying features are preserved or altered, distancing marks are delineated with respect to the past. In sum, these sites become scenarios of commemorative rituals, mourning or pedagogy.

 

Based on six specific sites, the REPERCRI research group carries out currently a PROMETEO excellence project: “From Spaces of Perpetration to Sites of Memory. Forms of Representation”. This conference closes the research period with an exercise of comparison of these spaces from a series of vertebral axes susceptible of illuminating their singularities both in the past and in the present. These spaces are as follows: Valley of the Fallen (Spain), Buchenwald (Germany), S21- Tuol Sleng (Cambodia), ex ESMA (Argentina), Villa Grimaldi (Chile) and Memorial of Resistance (Brazil). Three continents, six countries and a time span of almost eighty years.

 

The conference is structured around four axes from the perspective of cultural representations: a) Mapping the crime scene; b) Narrating the crimes from the museum’s layout and narrative; c) Trauma and Catharsis: Perpetrators, Victims and Mediations; d) Gendering the mass crime in the sites legacy.

 

In order to obtain an attendance certificate, it will be necessary to register on the «Registration Form» which you will find available in the next column of this page. You can attend either in person –at the Faculty of Philology, Translation and Communication of the University of Valencia– or online. In any case, it will be necessary to attend 80% of the sessions in order to receive this certificate.

 


* The time zone shown on the conference brochure corresponds to UTC/GMT+1.

Speakers

Francisco Ferrándiz

CSIC

Alexandra Klei

Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg

Helen Jarvis

UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme, Cambodia

Jaume Peris

Universitat de València

Florencia
Larralde-Armas

CONICET/IJDH-Universidad Nacional de Lanús

Marcos Napolitano

History Dept /University of São Paulo

Michael J. Lazzara

University of California, Davis

Fernando Seliprandy

Universidade Federal do Paraná

Deirdre Boyle

Emerita Professor, The New School

Ana R. Calero

Universitat de València

Alex Hinton

Rutgers University

Alejandro Baer

UNED

Carolina Aguilera

Universidad Católica de Chile

Deborah Neves

UNIFESP, São Paulo

Barbara Thimm

Project Swiss Memorial at Jewish Museum Hohenems Austria

Pheaktra Song

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Cambodia

Jordi Guixé

Head of European Observatory of Memories, EUROM

Miguel Rivas Venegas

Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea/ University of the Basque Country

Rodrigo Delso

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Sylvie Lindeperg

University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Ana Guglielmucci

CONICET/Universidad del Rosario

Theresa de Langis

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, American University of Phnom Penh

Brigitte Jirku

Universitat de València

Discussants

Francisco Ferrándiz

CSIC

Violeta Ros

Universitat de València

Ophelia Leon

UNISON Art Center for Peace, ICMEMOHRI President Emerita

María Rosón

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Scientific Committee

Susanne Knittel

Utrecht University

Uğur Üm it Üngör

University of Amsterdam

Valentina Salvi

Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and researcher in CONICET

Adam Jones

The University of British Columbia

Sylvie Lindeperg

University of Paris 1 Pantheón-Sorbonne

Sylvie Lindeperg

University of Paris 1 Pantheón-Sorbonne

Manuel Reyes Mate

CCHS-CSIC

Ana Aguado

Universitat de València

Organising Committee

Juanjo Monsell

Universitat de València

Melania Torres

Universitat de València

Maria Morant

Universitat de València

Irene Cárcel

Universitat de València

Ana González Casero

Universitat de València

Guillem Atienza

Universitat de València

Coordinators

Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

Universitat de València

Lurdes Valls-Crespo

Universitat de València

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Esta investigación es el resultado de una ayuda concedida por el Ministerio de la Presidencia dentro de las Subvenciones destinadas a actividades relacionadas con la recuperación de la Memoria Democrática y las víctimas de la Guerra Civil y de la Dictadura. Convocatoria 2021 (Ref.: 056-MD-2021)