January 31, 2011
Greetings from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law.
We are pleased to invite you to register for our 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. This event is free and open to the public. Because space is limited at parts of the conference, we would appreciate your registration as soon as possible. Early registrants will be eligible for a 15% discount on tickets to Black Watch.
We hope that you will be able to join us for what we are sure will be an exciting and thought-provoking event!
Cecil D. Redford Professor in Law & Director
Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton
Austin, Texas 78705
Thursday, February 17, 2011 — UT School of Law
Conference Opening: Lawrence Wright, Journalist, Playwright, New Yorker Magazine staff writer
Keynote Lecture sponsored by the UT Humanities Institute
Pre-Show Panel: “Performance and Human Rights”
Chair: Charlotte Canning, University of Texas at Austin
Gregory Burke, Playwright of Black Watch
Nicholas Cull, University of Southern California
Reception in Bass Concert Hall
Attend performance of Black Watch by the National Theatre of Scotland at Texas Performing Arts’ Bass Concert Hall.
Friday, February 18, 2011 — UT School of Law
Chair: Benjamin Brower, University of Texas at Austin
Michael Rothberg, University of Illinois
Priya Satia, Stanford University
Ralph Wilde, University College London, University of London
11:15 a.m. –12:45 p.m.
Chair: Barbara Harlow
Neloufer de Mel, Colombo University, Sri Lanka
Laura Edmondson, Dartmouth University
Jeffrey Helsing, United States Institute of Peace
“Institutional and Legal Legacies ”
Chair: Karen Engle, University of Texas at Austin
Kate Doyle, The National Security Archive
Paul Gready, University of York
Helen Kinsella, University of Wisconsin/Madison
Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain, University of Minnesota, University of Ulster, Belfast
Invited participants from each of the previous panels