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Interdisciplinary AiM Symposium on the "Realities and Representations of Reconciliation" - 24 October 2009

Call for Papers for the interdisciplinary symposium organized by the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh and Africa in Motion are now open! 

At Africa in Motion 2009 we plan to incorporate 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. 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.
We are looking for submissions from scholars at all levels (postgraduate students are most welcome) and invite contributions from as wide a scope of research areas and
disciplines as possible, including:

trauma, war, peace and security studies
film, literature, theatre, art, music
media and journalism studies
religious studies
cultural studies
politics, immigration and geography
migration, exile and refugee studies
slavery studies

Africa itself transcends strict definitions, and in the same way, we don't expect papers to fall into single categories. We welcome papers outlining problems and questions to encourage discussions, suggestions and critique in an informal environment.

We invite abstracts of 250-300 words for a 20-25 minute presentation as well as brief biographical details to be sent to the symposium organisers Lizelle Bisschoff, Stefanie Van de Peer and Clare Rossouw at by 1 August 2009.

To register for attending the symposium, please email

Registration fees for attending only are £10 for students and £20 for non-students, including lunch and refreshments.

For more information on the Africa in Motion film festival please visit

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