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Conference on Displacement and Reconciliation
Conflict Research Centre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa
9-10 June 2011
Experiences in places from Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia to Colombia, Iraq
and Sudan have raised important, under-examined questions about the
relationship between reconciliation and the experience and resolution of
displacement. The concept of reconciliation touches all phases of the
displacement cycle. Particularly in the aftermath of conflict and human
rights violations, the challenge of reconciling displaced persons, their
former neighbours and other actors such as their states of origin
represents a critical factor affecting the success of return,
resettlement and reintegration processes involving millions of refugees
and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Drawing on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and the
contributions of researchers and practitioners from both the global
North and South, the aim of the conference is to examine and enhance
understanding of the relationship between reconciliation and
displacement, in theory and in practice. The conference will examine the
implications of displacement for reconciliation processes and, on the
other hand, how the concept of reconciliation can enhance understandings
of the nature, experience and resolution of displacement. Papers are
welcome that explore the following questions, amongst others:
-What are the conceptual, logistical, strategic and inter-personal
challenges associated with advancing reconciliation in the aftermath of
-How do key actors including states, humanitarian organizations, host
communities, and members of displaced persons’ communities of origin
figure in reconciliation processes involving uprooted populations?
-How do displaced persons themselves understand, contribute to and
challenge the pursuit of reconciliation, from the local to international
-What do past experiences in countries such as Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia,
Guatemala, Mozambique and Germany tell us about the relationship between
reconciliation and displacement? What insights do these cases hold for
researchers, humanitarians, policymakers and human rights advocates?
-How might reconciliation figure in efforts to resolve contemporary
displacement situations in countries such as Colombia and Sudan?
Submission of abstracts
Individuals wishing to present a paper at the conference are requested
to submit a max. 500-word abstract and a 200-word biographical statement
by 28 February 2011. Abstracts should be submitted directly to the
conference organizer, Dr. Megan Bradley, at [log in to unmask] (cc’ed
to [log in to unmask]). Successful applicants will be notified by 15
Limited funding is available to support the participation of graduate
students and presenters from developing countries.
For more information, please contact Megan Bradley (Assistant Professor,
Conflict Studies Program, Saint Paul University) at [log in to unmask]
or [log in to unmask]
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