Round Table Reconciliation and Dealing with the Past

There are many different ways for a society to deal with its violent past. And there are many different ways to build peace and (re)construct broken ties within a society after a violent conflict. Current “transitional justice”-concepts emphasize the importance of openly facing the past for the rebuilding of a society which has gone through a violent conflict. In the same time, many individuals and societies prefer to avoid addressing the violent past because they estimate that this is a too sensitive issue and that silence is the price to pay for a pragmatic living together. Under which conditions can “dealing with the past” and “reconciliation” become complementary processes, and under which conditions are they obstructing each other? How much memory and how much forgetting do we need in the (re)construction of societies which went through a violent conflict? Discussing examples from different countries, this round table will bring together practitioners in the field of dealing with the past from South Eastern Europe and other regions from Europe and the world.

Speakers: Christine Hoffmann (Germany, Pax Christi Berlin), Aleksandra Letić (BiH, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska), Véronique Nahoum-Grappe (France, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Vesna Terselić (Croatia, Documenta)

Moderation: Nicolas Moll (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Memory Lab Sarajevo)