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  • Where lies the limits of freedom of expression?

    Using the recent cases of Quran burnings in Sweden and the phenomena of Holocaust denial as concrete examples , this panel discussion explores issues of freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.Speakers: Frederic Brusi works for the Swedish Agency for Support for Faith Communities (SST). Raphael Cohen-Almagor is professor of politics at the University of Hull in the UK and the Olof Palme visiting professor, Lund University. Sally Longworth is a researcher at the Swedish Defence Agency  (FOI) and lecturer in public international law at Stockholm University.[08:46] Maria LindqvistThe event was moderated by Rouzbeh Parsi, head of the Middle East and North Africa programme at UI

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  • Concluding comments – insights and future avenues for peace research

    Concluding comments on Peace and the Politics of MemorySpeaker:Annika Björkdahl, Lund University
  • Memory Activism – peacebuilding, resistance and digital commemoration

    Peace activists demand recognition and justice through memory activism. This roundtable on memory activism discusses feminist activism for peace, and digital memory practices and resistance more broadly.Speaker:Rana Mitri, Digital project ‘Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution’Orli Fridman, Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK)/Singidunum University, BelgradePetra Tötterman Andorff, Secretary-General, Kvinna till Kvinna
  • New imaginations through art

    Does art hurt or heal? Art is a realm for dealing with the past - through truth-seeking, memorialization and even fact-finding. The roundtable discusses art as a site for resistance as well as a path towards reconciliation after war and state violence, including the Swedish state violence against Sapmí people. It asks how imaginations of cultural heritage can be expanded and challenged.Speakers:Cecilia Widenheim, Head of Tensta Konsthall, StockholmAnders Sunna, artist, Sápmi StreetArtJames Gow, King’s College, London
  • (Post)-Colonial memories – pressing concerns for peace research

    The legacies of colonial violence haunt the present. This roundtable discusses the active imprint of colonialism on present-day peacebuilding. In focus will be lived experiences of post-colonial realities in the everyday of African Great Lakes societies, the emotional process of negotiating reparations in Belgium’s Parliamentary Commission on the colonial past, and the critical curating of objects of pain from colonial pasts.SpeakersAdriana Muñoz, Curator, Sweden’s Museum of World Cultures/Etnografiska MuseetDavid Mwambari, Leuven UniversityValerie Rosoux, University of Louvain
  • Revisionist remembering and war in Europe. Finding paths towards peace?

    This roundtable focuses on the uses of the past in the ongoing war in Ukraine, analysing revisionism as a driver for war and discussing the process of decolonizing the past in light of the war.Speakers:Stefan Ingvarsson, The Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies, The Swedish Institute of International AffairsYuliya Yurchuk, Södertörn University
  • Spaces of peace and conflict. Not set in stone - the restless role of monuments, museums and memorials

    The opening roundtable focuses on spaces of peace and conflict and material manifestations of memory politics. How do they affect peace? How can memory politics contribute to a peace built on plurality, inclusivity and dignity? Findings from the research project Peace and the Politics of Memory with examples from Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Rwanda, and South Africa.Speakers:Annika Björkdahl, Lund UniversitySusanne Buckley-Zistel, University of MarburgTimothy Williams, University of the Bundeswehr Munich