Fraternité conference will bring together wide-ranging multidisciplinary approaches from scholars, practitioners and artists to discuss justice, memory and reconciliation after mass atrocity

Wednesday 13 October 2010

The Human Rights Consortium and the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study are very pleased to present the concluding conference of the John E. Sawyer Seminar Series, ‘Fratricide and Fraternité: Understanding and Repairing Neighbourly Atrocity’, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 28-29 October 2010. 

The conference draws together renowned scholars, practitioners and artists to discuss justice, memory and reconciliation after mass atrocity. Notable speakers include Graham Dawson (Brighton),  Edith Hall (Royal Holloway), Miles Hewstone (Oxford), Alex Hinton (Rutgers), Eva Hoffman, Ashis Nandy (CSDS, New Delhi), Geoffrey Robertson QC, Victoria Sanford (Lehman College, CUNY) and Kimberly Theidon (Harvard University). The conference also includes a poetry reading by Michael Symmonds Roberts (Corpus, Breath, The Half Healed), a screening and Q&A with Anne Aghion (director of My Neighbor My Killer), a performance by the Ice and Fire theatre company, and an art exhibition of the work of Holocaust survivor Joseph Bau, organised in conjunction with the Wiener Library.

The Fraternité conference brings to a close the prestigious ‘Fratricide and Fraternité' Sawyer Seminar Series. The series brought together the ten Institutes of the School, with their formidable, international research networks, as well as many distinguished  British and international scholars, to investigate neighbourly atrocities from an extensive range of thematic, disciplinary, methodological, geographic, and temporal perspectives.

Fraternité will take place at Senate House on 28-29 October 2010. The conference is free to attend and open to all, however advance registration is required. To register contact .

Notes for Editors:1. For further information please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London on 020 7862 8670 /  Images available on request.2. This event will take place on 28-19 October 2010 at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Advance registration is required. To register for the conference, please contact

3. The conference closes the ‘Fratricide and Fraternité’ John E. Saywer Seminar Series 2009-10, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  For further information about the series visit

4. The Human Rights Consortium, founded in 2009, brings together the multidisciplinary expertise in human rights found in several Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, as well as collaborating with individuals and organisations with an interest in the subject. The main aim of the Consortium is to facilitate, promote and disseminate academic and policy work on human rights by holding conferences and seminars, hosting visiting research fellows, coordinating the publication of high quality work in the field, and establishing a network of human rights researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across the UK and internationally, with a view to collaborating on a range of activities.

5. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.