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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Grappling with Atrocities in Culture and Law



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Monday, June 17, 2013 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm


CISAC Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Encina Hall (616 Serra St. Stanford, CA 94305)



Interdisciplinary Workshop on Grappling with Atrocities in Culture and Law

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars from the fields of law, political science and international relations, history, literature, film and digital humanities to examines the different ways societies address and judge war and conflict-related atrocities in the post-1945 era. 

Departing from the central role legal mechanisms and procedures play in the processed by which societies come to terms with their violent pasts, the workshop explores the various discourses that take part in such processes, and how they react to post-conflict legal institutions and shape different notions of justice that emerge from these transitional periods.

The event is organized and sponsored by the DLCL Research Unit with the support of CISAC, The Europe Center, DLCL, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford Humanities Center and Jewish Studies.


Workshop Program

12:00   Opening Remarks Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (Law, Stanford U.)

Norman Naimark (History, Stanford U) - Global History of Genocide

1:30-3:00 Panel 1


Elazar Barkan (International Affairs, Columbia)  

A Note on the International Politics of Victimization


Jamie O'Connell (Law, UC Berkeley)

Gambling with the Psyche: Does Prosecuting Human Rights Violators Console Their Victims


Renana Keydar (Comparative Literature, Stanford)

The Trial Not Taken – Arendt and the Judgment of Atrocities in Holocaust Trials


Moderator: Amir Eshel (Comparative Literature and German Studies, Stanford)


3:15-4:45 Panel 2

Bronwyn Leebaw (Political Science, UC Riverside)

Lost, Forgotten, or Buried? Transitional Justice and the Memory of Resistance


Vilashini Cooppan (Literature, UC Santa Cruz)

Forming Futures/Future Forms: The Writing of Reconciliation


Nicholas Viles (History, Stanford)

After Extermination:  Administrating the 'Vanishing Indian' in Northern California, 1887-1924


Moderator: Brian Johnsrud (Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford)

4:45-6:15 Panel 3

Allen Weiner (Law, Stanford)

What Do We Want from International Criminal Justice?


Helen Stacy (Law, Stanford)

Human Trafficking: Everyday Human Misery


Beverly Allen (Literature, Syracuse)

Atrocities Represented:  A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Moderator: Todd Presner, (Digital Humanities and Literature, UCLA)

6:30-8:00 Keynote Address  Leora Bilsky (Law, Tel Aviv University) -  Historical Commissions Formed in the Shadow of Transnational Holocaust Litigation: a New Model of Transitional Justice?


List of Participants:


Beverly Allen - William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor in The Humanities, Emerita, Syracuse University; Visiting Professor, Comparative Literature, Stanford University; consultant to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for The former Yugoslavia, The Hague.

Elazar Barkan - Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and Director of Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

Leora Bilsky - Full Professor at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, Editor-in-Chief of Theory & Criticism (Teoria u-Bikoret) and the author of Transformative Justice: Israeli Identity on Trial (Michigan University Press, 2003).

 Vilashini Cooppan  - Associate Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

 Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar  - Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, the co-director of CISAC, professor (by courtesy) of political science, a faculty affiliate of CDDRL, and a senior fellow at FSI.

 Amir Eshe l  - Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies, Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford University. Director of The Europe Center, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Renana Keydar – PhD candidate in the department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University.

Bronwyn Leebaw - Assistant professor in the political science department at the University of California, Riverside.

Norman Naimark - Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of East European Studies: a professor of history; core faculty member of FSI's Europe Center; and an FSI senior fellow by courtesy.

Jamie O'Connell - Senior Fellow of the Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Todd Presner - Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at the University of California Los Angeles.  The Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and Chair of the Digital Humanities Program.

Helen Stacy - Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Program on Human Rights, senior fellow at the at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and affiliated faculty at Stanford Law School.

Nicholas Viles – PhD candidate in the department of History, Stanford University.

Allen S. Weiner -  Senior lecturer in law and co-director of the Stanford Program in International Law at Stanford Law School. Co-director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation