From July 17 to July 23, Laurie Slegtenhorst and Pieter Van den Heede will participate in the Summer School Practices of Remembrance beyond Memory Politics: Recalling Mass Violence and the Roads to Reconciliation in Asia and Europe, in Nanjing, China. This Summer School is jointly organized by the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Nanjing University. Prof.dr. Kees Ribbens, endowed professor of Popular Historical Culture and War at the Center for Historical Culture, is co-organizer of the event.
Aim and purpose
The summer school Practices of Remembrance beyond Memory Politics: Recalling Mass Violence and the Roads to Reconciliation in Asia and Europe takes place at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences in Nanjing (17-23 July 2017). It is funded by the China Exchange Programme (CEP) of the KNAW. The aim of this programme is to foster long-term research collaboration between the Netherlands and China by providing seed money for new cooperation.
This Summer School provides a unique opportunity to explore, in an international context, the ways in which societies in both Asia and Europe continue to struggle with the legacies of mass violence committed in the context of the big conflicts of the 20th Century (World War I and II, the wars of decolonisation, Cold War). It aims to start developing an in-depth understanding of the related memory practices.
The participants are a selected group of PhD students, advanced MA students and researchers of various backgrounds in the Netherlands, China and Japan.They will study historical sites, acts of remembrance and commemoration, and representations of those violent pasts from an interdisciplinary Asian-European perspective.