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How do post-conflict societies reconcile the pain and anguish associated with the dead and missing? This high level panel will discuss the practical dimensions of memorialisation and reconciliation.
We are living at a time when being a civilian during conflict is less safe than a soldier – with civilian deaths climbing from 5 per cent at the turn of the 20th century to more than 90 per cent in the wars of the 1990s and those currently fought. This has resulted in both the tremendous dislocation experienced by more people than at any time since WWII – with over 60 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide (UNHCR, 2016) – and a relentless number of disappearances of civilians in conflict-affected regions.
In line with Robert Hertz's idea that death is a process rather than a moment, and that a person needs to die socially, the panellists will discuss socio-cultural, political, legal and psychological effect and affects of the missing or unidentified dead bodies on the relatives and communities in post-conflict societies, as well as how they extend outwards to diaspora communities. By looking into these issues and how they have been approached in different post-conflict countries and echoed in their respective diasporas, the seminar aims to contribute to the scholarly debate on the missing, as well as to discuss practical dimensions of peace-building, healing and reconciliation essential for these communities and societies to move forward, as well as the political and social effects of not doing so.
Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research
- Ms Megan Goodwin (National Program Coordinator, International Tracing Service at Australian Red Cross)
- Dr Damian Grenfell (Director, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University)
- His Excellency Mr Bakir Sadovic (Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to Australia)
- Associate Professor Hariz Halilovich (Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University) (Convener)
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