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2013 Colloquium on Atrocities

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Grappling with Atrocities in Culture and Law

June 17, 2013



Workshop Description

This interdisciplinary workshop brought together scholars from the fields of law, political science and international relations, history, literature, film and digital humanities to examine 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 process by which societies come to terms with their violent pasts, the workshop explored 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 was 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.



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 Eshel - 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



This colloquium was made possible by the generous funding and support from the following groups, programs, and departments:

Stanford Department of Literatures, Cultures and Language

Stanford Department of Literatures, Cultures and Language Research Units

Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation

The Europe Center at Stanford

Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford

Stanford Department of Comparative Literature

Stanford Humanities Center




Panel 1

Panel 2 (Cooppan)

Panel 2 (Viles)

Panel 3