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Interdisciplinary AiM Symposium on the Realities and Representations of Reconciliation in Africa

Saturday 24th October 2009, 9am-5pm

Aim07 Symposium, Pic by Dan Hammett

Aim07 Symposium, Pic by Dan Hammett

Chrystal MacMillan Building, 15A George Square, University of Edinburgh

Hosted jointly by the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at the University of Edinburgh and the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival

At Africa in Motion 2009 we are planning a number of screenings and events that confront issues of trauma, conflict and reconciliation. This symposium aims to foster discussion and understanding of old and new research dealing with the various realities and representations of reconciliation in Africa.

A number of recent films, novels and other forms of art have sought to represent in varying ways the traumas of conflict and war of the postcolonial African states and the attempts of reconciliation commissions towards peace, truth, justice and forgiveness.

In the symposium, we want to touch on the problems and challenges facing artistic representations of these complex topics as well as the different contexts and consequences of it in Africa and in its diasporas. A number of high-profile international scholars will present their work on these topics.

Please send any queries about the symposium to Stefanie Van de Peer at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

To register for attending the symposium, please download the registration form [.doc]. Registration fees for attending are £10 for students and £20 for non-students, including lunch and refreshments.

Please use the links on the left to view the full programme and read through the speakers’ abstracts and biographies.

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