Political Reconciliation in Comparative Perspective

 06/05/2014 / 06/06/2014

 All Day
 Hong Kong Baptist University

Date: 5th-6th June 2014 (Thursday-Friday)
Time: 08:30 – 18:20 (5 June); 09:30 – 18:20 (6 June)
Venue: Dr. Wu Yee Sun Lecture Theatre (Romm WLB109), Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University
Reservation & Contact: Mr. Jonathan Leung
(+852) 3411 5826 or polrec@project.hkbu.edu.hk

Organizers:
Department of Government and International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University

Sponsors:
Faculty of Social Sciences , Hong Kong Baptist University
European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)
The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC)

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Alan Hunter
Associate Director, Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University   Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Sandrine Lefranc, University of Paris West
Prof. Jeremy Sarkin, University of South Africa
Prof. Giselle Byrnes, Charles Darwin University
Prof. Yuji Ishida, University of Tokyo
Prof. Stanisław Bieleń, University of Warsaw
Dr. Daqing Yang, George Washington University
Dr. Seunghoon Emilia Heo, Sophia University
Prof. Phillip Naylor, Marquette University
Dr. Matthias Delori, University of Bordeaux
Dr. Edward Vickers, Kyushu University
Dr. Biao Yang, East China Normal University
Dr. Martin Chung, Hong Kong Baptist University

INTRODUCTION
Political reconciliation – that is, reconciliation between communities, whether it be inter- or intra-national – is fast becoming an academic discipline in itself. From across the Atlantic, research centres and academic programmes are being established to focus on this interdisciplinary subject that cuts across the different branches of social science and the humanities. This reflects the growing awareness of the need for political reconciliation, which can take place in the post-Second World War, post-colonial, or domestic political contexts of historical trauma. As a matter of fact, when national histories are concerned, the burden of past atrocities is felt by many who face the descendants of their former enemies, victims or perpetrators on a daily basis in today’s globalized world. Parallel examples of injured collective relationships are often juxtaposed to question the causes of contrasting results of reconciliation attempts.

The Global Social Sciences Conference 2014 organized by the Department of Government and International Studies in collaboration with the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong will gather a group of renowned experts in this fast-growing field of reconciliation studies to discuss the theory and practice of political reconciliation in comparative perspective. Participants coming from or researching on Europe, North America, Africa, Oceania and East Asia are invited to explore the roles of institutions, civil initiatives, history-writing, national identity, collective memory and international law in the process of political reconciliation. Speakers will compare not only regional models, successes and failures but also probe the different definitions and conceptual frameworks of reconciliation. After all, the very words of “reconciliation” in different languages can point to very different conceptions of its essence: whereas “to meet (again)” is at times emphasized (conciliación/réconciliation), the Chinese term of héjiě 和解 conjures up peace/harmony and understanding/unraveling; “atonement”, on the other hand, is stressed by the German words for reconciliation Versöhnung/Aussöhnung, which are etymologically rooted in sühnen (to atone). The Conference is thus a platform for academic exchange as well as regional dialogue.

All interested are welcome!
For further updated information on the conference, please click here <http://gis.hkbu.edu.hk/gssc-2014/index.html> .

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