The International Society for Cultural History (ISCH) is delighted to announce that the ISCH Annual Conference 2014 will be held at Monash South Africa, Ruimsig Johannesburg (24 – 27 November 2014).
Monash South Africa is a campus of Monash University Australia and reflects the international footprint of Monash University on the African continent. The campus is situated on a 100 hectare site in Ruimsig, northwest of Johannesburg. Monash South Africa aims to play a part in helping the region meet its diverse, economic and educational needs and as part of the Monash University network, Monash South Africa is committed to quality in the three core functions of teaching, learning, research and community engagement that Monash University is well known for.
Monash South Africa offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within four schools – the School of Social Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, the School of Information Technology and the School of Health Sciences – as well as a Foundation Program, suited to students seeking a different path into university study.
This ISCH Annual Conference in Johannesburg (24 – 27 November 2014) seeks to bring together researchers from the many fields within cultural history to deliver explorations, and develop methodological approaches of a wider range of objects and topics; above all but not exclusively in regard to “Cultures of Damaged Societies: from Post-Conflict Resolution to Intercultural Dialogue”.
Monash South Africa invites members of the ISCH to join the Society’s Annual Conference. Situated near the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the historically rich Magaliesberg Biosphere, Monash has an attractive campus with world class facilities. The campus is conveniently close to San Rock Art sites, museums, monuments and battlefields. Sun City and Pilanesberg Big Five National Park are a 170 km drive from the campus. As cultural historians dealing with the distant past we will be considering the cultural mediation of conflicts and peace making in past societies. A range of sub themes intended to stimulate valuable and constructive discourse follows.
1. Value of cultural mechanisms (film, theatre, music, crafts, sport, art, architecture, cultural collections,
museums, memorials, ceremonies, media, rituals and symbols) in post-conflict resolution.
2. The challenges of teaching history in post conflict societies – whose narrative?
3. Supporting and financing justice delivery and social reconstruction
through tribunals, truth commissions and other transitional justice mechanisms.
4. Public health work in post conflict peace building.
5. Waging peace: road maps to peace; conflict resolution; election monitoring; peace keeping;
constitution drafting; voter education; democracy programs.
6. Reducing societal polarization through subjective reporting by improving professional media
practices, standards, and understanding.
7. Resolution of clashes over religion; and cultural, national or ethnic identity.
8. Contesting ownership of the peace process: creating spaces for post-conflict intercultural dialogue.
9. The safeguarding, return and restitution of cultural objects in post conflict societies.
10. Re-integration of ex-combatants, including child soldiers, into society.
11. Methodologies for conflict analysis – links between theory and practice in this field.
12. The vulnerability of women during and after conflict – gender based violence.
13. Cultural mediation of conflicts in history.
14. Performing conflicts and making peace in traditional societies.
15. New approaches and trends in cultural history.