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Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict (conference)

Thu, February 17, 2011 | UT School of Law and Bass Concert Hall

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice invites you to register for their seventh annual conference. Entitled “Aftershocks: Legacies of Conflict,” this year’s conference is designed to coincide with performances of The National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch at the University of Texas, an award-winning play written by Scottish playwright Gregory Burke and based on actual interviews with Scottish soldiers from the Black Watch regiment who were deployed to fight in Iraq in 2003. The conference will convene an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore some of the same intersections of violence, the colonial past, memory, and trauma that Black Watch invokes, as well as the unique role that performance might play in the analysis. It will consider these issues in a variety of geographic spaces and places, with a special emphasis on the legal and political regimes that are meant to preserve memory while also transitioning into post-conflict.
Lawrence Wright, journalist, playwright, and New Yorker Magazine staff writer, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, February 17, to be followed by a pre-show panel with the playwright and a performance of Black Watch at Bass Concert Hall. The conference proceedings will continue throughout the day on Friday at the UT School of Law. The schedule is pasted at the bottom of this email.
This event is co-sponsored by Texas Performing Arts, the Humanities Institute, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, UT Libraries, the South Asia Institute, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Performance as Public Practice, British Studies, and the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance (at St. Edward's University).
You can learn more about the participants and register by visiting the conference website (

Sponsored by: Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law

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