Chris Abani’s Reading on March 28, 8PM

Friday, March 28, 8:30AM-3PM

Center for Tomorrow, UB North Campus

8:30am  Coffee

9:00am  Opening Remarks

9:30am  Panel 1: Expanding Boundaries

How do civil wars differ from conventional wars? Do civil wars have certain defining features that make them distinct? What is at stake in thinking about certain conflicts as one or the other? How does your work expand the boundaries – geographical, temporal, conceptual – of what “civil war” means?

Stathis Kalyvas, Political Science (Yale)

“What Are Civil Wars, How Have We Thought About Them, and How Have They Changed Over Time?”

Stephen Platt, History (UMass-Amherst)

“Civil War and Rebellion in Nineteenth-Century China”

Lisa Brady, History (Boise State)

“Killing Fields: Korea’s War in Environmental Perspective”

Moderator: Sasha Pack, History (UB)

11:45am  Lunch

1:15pm  Panel 2: Trauma & Recovery

How do survivors of civil wars cope with the violence they’ve witnessed and experienced? How is recovery possible? What are its limitations? What is the relationship between trauma and history?

Veena Das, Anthropology (Johns Hopkins)

“War, Violence and the Instability of Voice: Rereading the Ethnographic Record”

Thavolia Glymph, History (Duke)

“Gender and Trauma in the American Civil War”

Nicole Fox, Sociology (Brandeis)

“Remembering Violence: Gender & Memorials in Post-Genocide Rwanda”

Moderator: Vasiliki Neofostistos, Anthropology (UB)

7:30pm  Reception at Hallwall’s Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Avenue)


Chris Abani reads from Song for Night at Hallwall’s Contemporary Arts Center


Saturday, March 29, 9:30AM-12PM

Center for Tomorrow (UB North Campus)

9:30am   Coffee

10:00am  Panel 3: Art, Performance & War

How are artistic visions of civil war created/mediated/contested? What role can/does art play in the process of recovery for survivors of civil wars? What are the limitations to its role in helping communities to heal as well as giving others outside the conflict a sense of understanding about the event and its significance?

Chris Abani, English (Northwestern)

“Stories of Struggle, Stories of Hope: Art, Politics and Human Rights”

Rebecca Schneider, Theatre (Brown)

“War, Camp, Sincerity”

Moderator: Sarah Bay-Cheng, Theatre & Dance (UB)

11:45am  Lunch

12:45pm  Closing Remarks


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