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Truth Telling and Truth Seeking in Contexts of Impunity > 24 octobre 2014

Truth Telling and Truth Seeking in Contexts of Impunity > 24 octobre 2014

UCL Anthropology Public Conference

Truth Teeling and Truth Seeking in Contexts of Impunity

Organization: Chowra Makaremi (IRIS, CNRS), Pardis Shafafi (St Andrews), Alex Pillen (UCL)

Friday 24th October from 5pm to 8pm

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT

The study of violence in contexts of impunity invites us to pay closer attention to existing projects of truth telling and truth seeking carried by civil societies. These projects are initiated outside of state-endorsed institutional processes, be they national or international, and challenge hegemonic narratives. They mainly comprise two sets of interrelated practices: documentation projects and databases on human rights violations, and International Peoples’ Tribunals. Truth telling in contexts of impunity is also an enlightening object of study for understanding how silenced but shared experiences of violence are transformed into public knowledge and acknowledgement, outside the frames of sovereignty, legitimacy and legality that organize political life at a national and international level.

Roundtable with :

Alex Pillen (Professor of Anthropology, UCL), Antonius Robben (Professor of Anthropology, Utrecht University) and Kimberley Theidon (John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University)

Closing remarks by Payam Akhavan (Professor of Public International Law, McGill University)


The conference will be followed by an intimate cocktail reception hosted by the UCL Anthropology department.

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Bâtiment Recherche Sud
5 cours des Humanités
93322 Aubervilliers cedex

UFR SMBH 74 rue Marcel Cachin, 93017 Bobigny cedex



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