Memory Laws: Global and Local Perspectives in Poland and Beyond

January 21, 11 am ET

Columbia's Redress and Reconciliation Seminar Presents

Memory Laws: Global and Local Perspectives in Poland and Beyond
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  • Danielle Lucksted is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University in New York. Her research focuses on the sociology of memory studies, human rights, and international law, with a particular concentration on memory laws in the European Union and comparative memorialization of atrocity. She received her M.A. in Human Rights from University College London in 2014 and her M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University in 2019. Danielle currently serves as a student representative for the Sociology of Human Rights section of the American Sociological Association.
  • Yifat Gutman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York (2012). Her research focuses on memory activism and political change in and after ethnonational conflict. Her current research focuses on the local implementation of the global "reconciliation paradigm” in Poland, Israel-Palestine, and the Czech Sudetenland since 2000. She also examines memory laws in Europe and beyond. She is the author of “Memory Activism: Reimagining the Past for the Future in Israel-Palestine” (Vanderbilt University Press, 2017) and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism (with Jenny Wustenberg. 2022) and the volume “Memory and the Future: Transnational politics, ethics and society” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. Expert in anti-discrimination law, freedom of speech and memory laws. She is co-editor and co-author of Constitutionalism under Stress (OUP, 2020) and Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History (CUP, 2017). She was Bohdan Winiarski Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre of the University of Cambridge, Fellow at the Yale University Initiative for the Study of Antisemitism and Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute. Principal Investigator in international research consortiums ‘Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective’ (2016-2019) and ‘The Challenge of Populist Memory Politics for Europe: Towards Effective Responses to Militant Legislation on the Past’ (2021–2024).