Seminars

As part of the Accounts of the Conflict project, a series of seminars were organised where our International Advisors presented on their experience of archiving and presenting stories relating to conflict. Please find below the information on this series of seminars. Video recordings are available below.
Date Seminar Information
17th October 2013 Seminar 1 - Textile Stories on Conflict by Roberta Bacic
14th January 2014 Seminar 2 - The Role of Archives in Dealing with the Past by Elisabeth Baumgartner
5th February 2014 Seminar 3 - How to deal with our recent past by making important materials or sources available online by Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia
19th March 2014 Seminar 4 - Remembering, Forgetting and South Africa by Verne Harris
16th April 2014 Seminar 5 - Archive Development and Civic Engagement at Sites of Conscience by Liz Silkes
19th June 2014 Seminar 6 - The Art of Remembering: Evoking Memories and Legacies of the Korean War by Ramsay Liem

Seminar 1 - Textile Stories on Conflict

Date 17th October 2013
Time 12:30pm
Location Room MI022, Aberfoyle House, Magee Campus, University of Ulster.
Organisation INCORE: Accounts of the Conflict
Series Title Accounts of the Conflict Seminar Series [1st seminar in series]
Title 'Textile Stories on Conflict'- Full Seminar Details
Presenter(s) Roberta Bacic Roberta taught at Universidad Austral de Chile from 1973 to 1981. From 1982 she worked in Carlos Anwandter German Institute and San Mateo College both in Chile. Between 1993 and 1996, she worked for the National Corporation of Reparation and Reconciliation, the successor to the Truth Commission. During this time she also taught in Human Rights at the Catholic University, Temuco, Chile. She then moved to the United Kingdom and took up the position of Programme and Development Officer for War Resisters' International where she worked between 1998 and 2002. She moved to Northern Ireland in 2004. Since 2008, Roberta has curated more than 50 international exhibitions of arpilleras. Over time, these exhibitions have expanded from arpilleras from Pinochet's Chile, to include expressions of loss, protest and healing from around the world.
Publications For a general overview of the exhibitions and associated activities that have taken place since 2008, please visit www.cain.ulst.ac.uk/quilts.
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Roberta Bacic Seminar
Roberta Bacic delivers her seminar at University of Ulster Magee Campus
Roberta Bacic Seminar
Roberta with members of the Accounts of the Conflict team

Seminar 2 - The Role of Archives in Dealing with the Past

Date 14th January 2014
Time 12:00pm
Location Conference Room A, NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB.
Organisation INCORE: Accounts of the Conflict
Series Title Accounts of the Conflict Seminar Series [2nd seminar in series]
Title 'The Role of Archives in Dealing with the Past' - Full Seminar Details
Presenter(s) Elisabeth Baumgartner Since 2011 Elisabeth has been the head of swisspeace's Dealing with the Past program. One of the projects of this program is called "Archives and Dealing with the Past". The goal of this project is to make a significant contribution to preserving, securing and making accessible archives and records of past human rights violations in countries that have experienced gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law and to raise the awareness on the importance of archives and data collections of human rights violations within a broader understanding of dealing with the past initiatives.
Publications Elisabeth Baumgartner Seminar Presentation [PDF; 5.56MB] Accompanying presentation notes [PDF; 361KB] For a general overview of the project please visit the swisspeace Archives Project website.
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Elisabeth Baumgartner Seminar
Elisabeth Baumgartner delivers her seminar at NICVA
Elisabeth Baumgartner Seminar
Elisabeth with Prof Brandon Hamber and Dr Brendan Lynn

Seminar 3 - How to deal with our recent past by making important materials or sources available online?

Date 5th February 2014
Time 12.00pm
Location MD008, Main Building, Magee Campus, University of Ulster
Organisation INCORE: Accounts of the Conflict
Series Title Accounts of the Conflict Seminar Series [3rd seminar in series]
Title 'How to deal with our recent past by making important materials or sources available online?' - Full Seminar Details
Presenter(s) Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia Iratxe has been Director of the Gernika Peace Museum (unique peace museum in the Basque Country and Spain) since its creation in the year 1998. She has published several articles about Memory, the bombing of Gernika and the Spanish Civil War, about the importance of Art and Peace and about the Gernika Peace Museum in different books and magazines (from Spain and other countries). She is involved in several International Networks and has been commissioned to participate on an expert group (2012) to design the content and viability of the “Instituto de la Memoria” (Institute of Memory) in the Basque Country.
Publications University of Ulster Press Release
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Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia with (L-R) Dr Brendan Lynn, Ms Grainne Kelly & Prof Brandon Hamber from INCORE & Accounts of the Conflict project
Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia with (L-R) Dr Brendan Lynn, Ms Grainne Kelly & Prof Brandon Hamber from INCORE & Accounts of the Conflict project
Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia seminar at Magee Campus
Iratxe Momoitio Astorkia seminar at Magee Campus

Seminar 4 - Remembering, Forgetting and South Africa

Date 19th March 2014
Time 12.00pm
Location Skainos, 239 Newtonards Road, Belfast
Organisation INCORE: Accounts of the Conflict
Series Title Accounts of the Conflict Seminar Series [4th seminar in series]
Title 'Remembering, Forgetting and South Africa'
Presenter(s) Verne Harris Verne is Director of Research and Archive at the Nelson Mandela Foundation and was Mandela’s archivist from 2004 to 2013. He is an honorary research fellow with the University of Cape Town, participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa’s apartheid archival landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Deputy Director of the National Archives. Widely published, he is probably best-known for leading the editorial team on the best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa, and both his novels were short-listed for South Africa’s M-Net Book Prize. He has served on the Boards of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.
Publications NI Foundation article on Verne Harris.
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Seminar 4 - Verne Harris
Verne Harris delivers his seminar for the Accounts of the Conflict project at SKAINOS, Belfast
Verne Harris with members of the Accounts of the Conflict project team
Verne Harris with members of the Accounts of the Conflict project team

Seminar 5 - Archive Development and Civic Engagement at Sites of Conscience

Date 16th April 2014
Time 12.00pm
Location Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast BT3 9HQ
Organisation INCORE: Accounts of the Conflict
Series Title Accounts of the Conflict Seminar Series [5th seminar in series]
Title 'Archive Development and Civic Engagement at Sites of Conscience'
Presenter(s) Liz Silkes Liz has over 20 years’ experience in non-profit leadership and development, with a particular expertise in guiding the strategic growth of dynamic international organizations. Before joining the Coalition, she served as CEO of Cinereach, a foundation supporting media projects focused on social change, and as Executive Director of FilmAid International, a humanitarian relief organization using film and video to address the needs of refugees and other displaced communities. She currently serves on the board of ICOM-US, the U.S. National Committee of the International Council of Museums, and is a member of the Law Advisory Council for the Fetzer Institute.
Publications sitesofconscience.org
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Seminar 4 - Verne Harris
Liz Silkes with members of the the Accounts of the Conflict Team & Local Advisory Group
Liz Silkes delivers her seminar at PRONI, Belfast
Liz Silkes delivers her seminar at PRONI, Belfast

Seminar 6 - The Art of Remembering: Evoking Memories and Legacies of the Korean War

Date 19th June 2014
Time 12.00pm
Location The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
Organisation INCORE: Accounts of the Conflict
Series Title Accounts of the Conflict Seminar Series [6th seminar in series]
Title 'The Art of Remembering: Evoking Memories and Legacies of the Korean War'
Presenter(s) Ramsay Liem Ramsay Liem is professor emeritus of psychology and visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. He served as co-coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program, continues to teach a seminar on Culture, Identity, and Asian American Experience, and mentors student organizations e.g. the Asian Caucus and Korean Student Association. He is responsible for the oral history project Korean American Memories of the Korean War and served as project director for the multi-media exhibit, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War" (www.stillpresentpasts.org). The documentary film, "Memory of Forgotten War", is the most recent product of his work on Korean American legacies of the Korean War. Liem also works on related issues outside the university with organizations devoted to U.S.-Korea relations, Korean reconciliation and unification, Asian American media arts, and human rights and mental health.
Publications Further reading will be added in the near future.