Missing Memorials and Absent Bodies: Negotiating Post-conflict Trauma and Memorialisation

Gandolfo, L. (Organiser)

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The two-day symposium, ‘Missing Memorials and Absent Bodies: Negotiating Post-conflict Trauma and Memorialisation’, was held at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, on September 20 and 21, 2016.

Opening the event, Prof. dr. Ton Robben (University of Utrecht) delivered the keynote, ‘Trust and the Mourning of Argentina’s Disappeared’, followed by three panels considering ‘Cultural Productions of Absence’, ‘Memorials and the Absent’, and ‘Absence and Post-war Societies’.

Comprising papers addressing humor, cultural productivity, monuments, and political acknowledgment, the participants discussed the ways that mourning work can be enacted without (complete) bodies and whether memorialisation could be practiced in the absence of a memorial site.
Period20 Sep 201621 Sep 2016
Event typeOther


  • Memory
  • Cultural history
  • Trauma
  • Conflict
  • Cultural Studies
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Central Europe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science