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JUSTICE AFTER ATROCITY NETWORK NEWSLETTER


Published by Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University. 
Welcome back to the network of concerned scholars and activists devoted to discerning and influencing the legacies of large-scale violence. Given our current preoccupations with Covid-19, racism, and antiracism, and the elections and their results, we feel it's especially important right now to keep those of us who are deeply concerned about the state of our unstable world to join vivid conversations about strategies for moving forward during and after conflict and crisis. Other newsletter features include events and conferences, calls for papers, and professional opportunities across a wide spectrum of considerations. As always, we invite your comments and suggestions. We hope you find this both informative and engaging. As we continue to navigate these difficult topics and conversations, we hope you reach out to our email with any questions, comments, or additional insights. 
This month we would like to direct your attention to the persecution of Uighur Muslims in China. The recent political backlash over mainland China's policies regarding the Turkish population has raised concerns about religious freedom and human rights within the Chinese region. The targeted discrimination against the Uighurs includes reports of discrimination, oppression, illegal detainment, and forced sterilization. You can click here to read the BBC's update to learn more about the conflict between the Uighur people and the Chinese state. You can click here to learn more about the "re-education camps" in Xinjiang which are being called into question as modern concentration camps.  You will also find additional resources below in our online exhibit.



Best, 
Dennis Klein, Director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHGS)
Jhestarri DePasquale, Editor in Chief, Justice After Atrocity Network Newsletter
EVENTS AND CONFERENCES 
 
"Pathways to Democracy" OAH 2021 Annual Meeting. 
In our own times, it is clear that democratic principles need to be living and to be protected, and the quest for civil and human rights never can be taken for granted. How has democratic practice informed American politics and culture, including the ways historians have written about the changing contours of democracy? How have the boundaries of full citizenship been reshaped by social movements and political transformation, at national, regional and local levels? What responsibility do we have as historians to inform public debate about democracy and citizenship in our teaching, research, publications, and exhibitions? How might we reimagine and reorganize our colleges and universities to respond to the immanent cascading crises of climate justice, for example, in participatory democratic ways? In the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic, has civic engagement by historians been renewed or diminished? The 2021 OAH Annual Meeting will address the theme of “pathways to democracy” in our past and present. This conference will take place from April 15-18, 2021, virtually. Website for more information.

"Place and Time" 2021 NCHE Online Conference. 
Those of us who research and teach history are particularly attentive to continuity and change: continuities like 230 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in the United States or changes like the gradual and compensated abolition of slavery in the British West Indies or its sudden, uncompensated demise in Haiti. As we seek to help our students make sense of the complex flows of history, we ask them to investigate the simultaneity of continuity and change, to examine chronology and periodization, to consider the complexity of progress and decline, and to identify turning points in history. This conference will take place on April 8-11, 2021 virtually. Website for more information.

"The Search for Humanity after Atrocity." Kean University, New Jersey. 
Made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Kean University will be hosting a two-week seminar from June 17-30 2021. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein, seminar instructor, at dklein@kean.edu for an application. 
CALL FOR PAPERS 

Invisible Labor in Carceral Spaces: A Special Issue of International Labor and Working-Class Labor. 
ILWCH is soliciting articles for a special issue that will examine the history of unfree labor in carceral spaces within a global context. We are seeking essays that explore invisible labor in settings where people have been historically confined and forced or coerced to work. These spaces include but are not limited to, plantations, prisons, jails, asylums, workhouses, immigration detention centers, work camps, and private homes where unfree labor has been used to serve prison officials, clean up oil spills, fight wildfires, transcribe and convert documents for genealogical companies, make furniture for universities, farm fish, sew lingerie, and so on. We are interested in articles that broaden scholarly conceptualizations of carceral labor and expand contemporary definitions of carceral spaces. We encourage submissions from scholars working on all types of systems of punishment, exploitation, and control designed to dominate human beings and extract profit from their labor. Prospective authors should send, by December 2, 2020, a cover letter (including address, email, and institutional affiliation), a two-page CV, and an abstract of 500 words or less. Website for more information. 

Racial Justice and Peace History: Is it “Different” This Time? A Proposed Special Issue of Peace & Change.
The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, among others, along with the record-breaking protests have led many organizations to issue statements about their commitment to racial justice and at least some to follow up on those statements with action. This proposed special issue of Peace & Change represents one way the Peace History Society can contribute to our understanding of the present moment, encouraging and highlighting new scholarship on the relationship between peace and racial justice. Submissions are due January 31, 2021, with a maximum word count of 10,000. Website for more information. 


2nd International Conference on Military Culture and War Experience. Bucharest, Romania. 
This conference aims to create a multinational and multidisciplinary forum for discussions on changes in the rhetoric of military culture and war experience with an emphasis on language/communication competence and performance within NATO and on the analysis of historical, (inter)cultural, personal and social identity contexts from the philological and cultural studies perspective. We invite scholars as well as practitioners from different fields of expertise including literature, visual arts, cultural studies, gender and identity studies, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, language acquisition, etc, and all those interested in exchanging theoretical and practical approaches to these topics. Papers are due by April 30, 2021 and the conference will take place on October 15-17, 2021. Website for more information. 

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP 
PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Uighur Conflict E-Resources 

Click here to read the PBS Newshour concerning the Uighur conflict in China. You can also watch videos and learn more about the Chinese perspective. 
Click here to read The Atlantic's update on the Uighur crisis, and their call to protect the Muslim culture from being destroyed in Xinjiang. 

 
Click here to read the recent declaration by the United States Senate, which calls on China to stop the targeting of Uighur Muslims. 
The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University is receiving inquires from individuals who are looking for a rewarding and affordable program. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein at dklein@kean.edu or click here. To apply tot he Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, click here

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