Annual Conference

Every December, the Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network holds a multi-day conference that brings togther scholars and practitioners who work in the field of historical dialogue. These individuals have the opportunity to present their projects, scholarly papers, and case studies. The conference provides a space for networking, opportunities to share knowledge and experiences, and establishes AHDA’s identity as a forum for historical dialogue. As an annual event, the conference is also used to explore different topics and challenges within the field, and to reach out to a wide cross-section of practitioners and scholars working in the field. 2016 will mark the sixth annual conference.

2016 Conference

Confronting Violent Pasts and Historical (In)Justice

  • NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies
  • Amsterdam, December 1-3, 2016

The legacy of genocide, gross human rights violations, mass political violence, and historical injustice has been arguably laid bare through a whole range of mechanisms: official apologies, vetting, international criminal tribunals, national, or local legal proceedings, truth commissions, official commemorations, restitution, revising school history curricula, establishing monuments and museums, and hybrid trials. Each of these mechanisms seeks to contribute in their own way to accountability, reconciliation, the historical record, victims’ rights, and competing ‘truths’. As the international ad-hoc trials -- often instigated in the immediate aftermath of, or during conflict -- wind down, we enter a new phase of evaluating the efficacy of these and other institutionalized means of confronting the violent past. We can now begin to assess their impact on the societies from which the perpetrators and/or victims emerged. And what about societies that maintain official amnesia or actively repress the memory of violence with regard to historical injustices? Is there a right timing for addressing the violent past? Should and could historians and historical dialogue play a more instrumental role in these processes?

The 2016 conference aims to explore the abovementioned topics and welcomes papers or panel proposals.

The deadline to submit abstracts has passed. If you are interested in information about attending the conference, or have questions about presenting, please e-mail:

Click here for the full conference program or here to read more about the conference.

Click here for conference locations and information on accommodations in Amsterdam. 

Previous Conferences

2015 Conference

  • The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence, and Contested Narratives of the Past
  • Columbia University, New York, December 3-5 2015

2014 Conference

  • Human Rights and Memory
  • Lund University, Sweden, December 4-6, 2014

2013 Conference

  • Historical Justice and Memory: Questions of Rights and Accountability in Contemporary Society
  • Columbia University, New York, December 5-7 2013

2012 Conference

  • Local Memory, Global Ethics, Justice: The Politics of Historical Dialogue in Contemporary Society
  • Columbia University, New York, December 11-14 2012
  • Historical Justice and Memory: An Interdisciplinary Conference
  • Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, February 14-17, 2012