Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation

texture of the memorial to the murdered jews of europe

Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation is a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series running in 2017-18. It will bring together academics from many different fields, politicians, people who have played a role in peace negotiations and leading figures from cultural policy and the charitable sector.  They will be joined by novelists, poets, artists and musicians whose work has marked war in some way.


Featured speakers include author Aminatta Forna, architect Daniel Libeskind and composer Jonathan Dove. View the full programme here.

The broad questions to be explored in the Series include:
• Who is commemoration for and why?
• How does commemoration lead to reconstruction and reconciliation?
• What is the future of commemoration?


The Series is divided into three strands: Textual Commemoration (October - December 2017), Monumental Commemoration (January - March 2018) and Aural Commemoration (April - June 2018).  Each strand will be launched by an ‘In Conversation’ event featuring an internationally-renowned figure from the arts.  These launch events will be followed by two panel-led workshops each term.  There will also be three events aimed directly at post-graduates: a training day in object-based research methods, a postgraduate forum and a one-day conference.

The Series is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in memory of John E. Sawyer.

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Read the final report from the series via the link below: 


*Image credit to Rafael Rodrigues Camargo



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