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24th March 2016 - 26th March 2016

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GENOCIDE AND MASS VIOLENCE:
THEORIES TRAUMAS TRIALS AND TESTIMONIES

Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS), University of Dhaka to mark the third anniversary of CGS going to host a three-day International Conference on Genocide and Mass Violence: Theories Traumas Trials and Testimonies.

The conference will take place at Special Conference Hall, Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka from March 24, 2016 to March 26, 2016. The conference will begin on 24 March at 10:00 am, with Welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor, Department of International Relations & Director, Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka. Dr. Kamal Hossain, Former Minister of Law (1972-73) & Lawyer will deliver keynote lecture. Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, the Hon’ble Minister of Cultural Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will be the chief guest and inaugurate the conference. Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka, will preside over the session.

Conference plenary sessions on 24 and 25 March will take place at the Special Conference Hall, Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka.

Concluding Session on 25 March at 4.30 pm in the last day of the conference, will start with keynote address by Professor Rounaq Jahan at the Special Conference Hall, Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka. Professor Nasreen Ahmad, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Dhaka, will preside over the Session.

There will be a post conference visit to the historical, including genocidal sites, for the international scholars on Saturday, 26 March.

Registration will be open from 9.30 am to 10.00 am at the venue of the conference on Thursday, 24 March.

The Programme Schedule

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Chief Guest
Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor
The Hon’ble Minister of Cultural
Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Keynote Speaker (Inaugural Session)
Dr. Kamal Hossain
Lawyer
Bangladesh Supreme Court
Chair (Inaugural Session)
Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique
The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor
University of Dhaka
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Keynote Speaker (Concluding Session)
Professor Rounaq Jahan
Distinguished Fellow
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Chair (Concluding Session)
Professor Nasreen Ahmad
Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic)
University of Dhaka

Session Chairs

Session I: Theories of Genocide and Mass Violence
Advocate Sultana Kamal
Executive Director
Ain-O-Shalish Kendro

Session II: Trials of Genocide and Mass Violence
Dr. Shamsul Bari
Chair
Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB)

Session III: Traumas of Genocide and Mass Violence
Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta
Executive Director
Research Initiatives Bangladesh

Session IV: Testimonies of Genocide and Mass Violence
Dr. Muntasir Mamoon
Professor
Department of History
University of Dhaka

Designated Discussants

Session I: Theories of Genocide and Mass Violence
Professor Ehsanul Haque
Chair
Department of International Relations
University of Dhaka

Dr. Ayesha Banu
Associate Professor
Department of Women and Gender Studies
University of Dhaka

Session II: Trials of Genocide and Mass Violence
Shahriar Karbir
Writer and Activist

Mizanur Rahman Khan
Joint Editor
The Daily Prothom Alo

Session III: Traumas of Genocide and Mass Violence
Barrister Sara Hossain
Lawyer
Bangladesh Supreme Court

Dr. Shuchi Karim
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Educational Development
BRAC University

Session IV: Testimonies of Genocide and Mass Violence
Dr. Delwar Hossain
Professor
Department of International Relations
University of Dhaka

Anol Rayhan
Film Maker

Brief Bios of the Paper Presenters

Session I: Theories of Genocide and Mass Violence

Niran Anketell, “Genocide as Crime and Genocide as Situation: The Case for Two Definitions”

Niran Anketell is a practicing lawyer from Colombo Sri Lanks. His particular areas of interest include human rights and constitutional law. He worked at the International Co-Prosecutor’s Office of the ECCC [Khmer Rouge Tribunal] in Phnom Penh. He was also a Human Rights Fellow of the Center for Global Justice and Human Rights, New York, USA.

Bina D’Costa, “Rethinking Genocide Theories: Emotions and the Logics of Mass Violence”

Bina D’Costa focuses on human rights, justice and security issues in South Asia. At the ANU she was previously a Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Justice at RegNet (2008-10) and Convener of the Bachelor Program in Security Analysis with the Faculty of Asian Studies – later School of Culture, History & Language – (2006-11). She held visiting fellowships at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland (2012-14); the Refugee Studies Center, Oxford University, UK (2011-12) and the Global Justice Center, New York, USA (2008).

Bina D’Costa is a prolific writer. Her books include Nation Building, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia (Routledge, 2011; second edition 2013); Children and Global Conflict (co-authored; Cambridge University Press, 2015), Children and Violence: Politics of Conflict in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). She also co-edited a volume titled Gender and the Global Politics of the Asia-Pacific (Palgrave, 2009). She is currently finalising a co-authored manuscript under the title ‘Cascades of Violence in South Asia’ with John Braithwaite.

Dr. Bina serves on the editorial board of the International Journal for Transitional Justice and is an associate editor for the International Journal of Feminist Politics. She has worked in South and Southeast Asia, South Africa and East Africa; and contributed to policy research in OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), the UNRISD (United Nations Research in Social Development), AUSAID (now in DFAT), USAID and DfID (Department for International Development, UK). Bina is also on the UNDP Gender, Crisis Prevention and Recovery expert panel and Advisory Council member of its newly formed International Center for Gender, Peace and Security.

Saima Ahmed, “The Limits of Transitional Justice: Bangladesh Context”

Saima Ahmed is currently working as Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka. She has an MA degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacyy with a specialization in International Security. She had her Bachelor and Master degrees in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. Right after her graduation from the University of Dhaka in 2005, she joined the Department of International Relations, University of Chittagong. She worked there for eight years. Her areas of research interest include human rights, humanitarian law, international law, international security etc. She has published a number of chapters and articles in the academic journals and edited volumes.

Salma Sonia, “Genocide and War Crime: Violation of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law in 1971”

Salma Sonia is a Research Associate at the Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) of University of Dhaka. She is a Master Trainer on Peace and Human Rights under the Commonwealth in Asia Region. She completed her graduation and post-graduation on Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Dhaka. Before joining the CGS, she worked at the Governance, Development and Youth Networking programme of the Commonwealth Secretariat-Asia. She is a volunteer of Liberation War Museum since 2005. Her areas of research interest include genocide, peace building, conflict transformation, youth development, international humanitarian law, human rights and women rights.

Session II: Trials of Genocide and Mass Violence

Tureen Afroz, “Genocide on Trial: The Bangladeshi Experience”

Tureen Afroz is Professor at the Department of Law, East West University. She is currently a Prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh. She previously taught law at BRAC University and Monash University, Australia for about 4 and a half years and at the University of Western Sydney, Australia for a year. She is also an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia. Her academic research has appeared in national and international refereed journals. She authored a book titled Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity in Bangladesh: Trial under International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973). She is currently working on a book on “Genocide on Trial: The Bangladesh Experience” under a fellowship of the Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka. Professor Tureen had her education in Australia, UK, India and Bangladesh. She has diplomas in painting and classical music also.

Manjida Ahamed, “Lack of Civilian Protection: Was it military necessity to attack on civilian population during the liberation war in Bangladesh 1971 or violation of fourth Geneva Convention?”

Mrs Manjida Ahamed is an academic, a researcher and a qualified lawyer. She obtained her first degree in law from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also completed her Master of Laws degree from the same university. She pursued her second Master of Laws degree at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the University of Turin, Italy where she developed her specialization in the area of international crime and justice. She teaches law at the Daffodil International University, Bangladesh at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and practices as an advocate before the Dhaka District Court, Bangladesh. She is currently doing her doctoral degree at Middlesex University, United Kingdom.

Session III: Traumas of Genocide and Mass Violence

Ferdous Azim, “Birangana or Muktijoddha: The Politics of Naming”

Professor Firdous Azim is the chair of the Department of English and Humanities at BRAC University. She is also a member of Naripokkho, a woman’s activist group in Bangladesh. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Sussex, UK. She has published widely both in the field of post-colonialism and literature, as well as on feminist issues. Her books include The Colonial Rise of the Novel (Routledge, 1993) and Infinite Variety: Women in Society and Literature (University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1996). She is a contributing editor for the Feminist Review, for which she has edited a special issue on “South Asian Feminisms: Negotiating New Terrains”. (March 2009). Her edited and co-edited volumes, among many others, include Complex Terrains: Islam, Culture and Women in Asia (Routledge, March 2013) Infinite Variety: Women in Society and Literature (UPL, 1994) and Other Englishes: Essays on Commonwealth Writing (UPL, 1991). She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies as well as a member of the Board of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society.

Anushree Gupta, “Genocidal Rape: A Prologue to Murder?”

Ms Anushree Gupta did her LL.B honours from the University of Lucknow, India and her post graduate program in International Law from the University of Leeds, UK. She also holds a diploma in Socio, economic and development rights. Presently she is working as the vice president of the Socio, Economic and Development rights Association, Nepal.

She has been involved in intensive volunteering work on the issues relating to human right violation within India and Nepal. Recently she has been working on authoring and revising law books with different publishers. Her main research areas of interest include international humanitarian law, international economic law, foreign direct investment and environmental sustainability.

Bojan Djokić, “The Banjica Concentration Camp in Occupied Serbia: The Question of Numbers of the Jews and Non-Jewish Jews who Perished”

Bojan Djokic studies history at the Faculty of Philosophy. He did his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. He worked in several primary and high schools as a teacher of history. From 1 November 2013 he has been working at the Museum of Genocide Victims in Belgrade as an associate. He was involved in projects of “Crimes in Kosovo and Metohija in XX and XXI Ages,” “Crimes in the former Yugoslavia in the XX and XXI century” and “Victims of War 1941 – 1945”. He researched in the Archives of Serbia, Archives of Yugoslavia, Historical Archives of Belgrade, Diplomatic Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Archives of Musem og Genocide Victims, etc. Area of interest: the life and work of Mitra Mitrovic, educational policy in the post-war Yugoslavia, modernizing processes in post-war Yugoslavia, the Holocaust, genocide and crimes in the former Yugoslavia. He has published a dozen papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He speaks English, knowledge of Russian.

Tanbir Uddin Arman and Md. Saifullah Akon, “Gendered Violence and Genocide in Darfur:
Mapping the Linkages”

Mr Tanbir Uddin Arman is a Sub-editor at the Daily Star. Before joining the newspaper, he worked as research analyst at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS). He received his B.S.S and M.S.S degrees in International Relations from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr Arman regularly writes research articles and Op-Eds in various journals and newspapers. His academic and research areas of interest include international security, defense and military affairs, foreign policy, and geopolitics.

Mr Md Saifullah Akon is a Research Analyst at Microgovernance Research Initiative (MGR). He received his B.S.S and M.S.S degrees in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. His academic and research areas of interest are international security, human rights, and foreign policy.

Session IV: Testimonies of Genocide and Mass Violence

Amena Mohsin, “The Other Side of the Fence: Stranded Bengalis in Pakistan”

Amena Mohsin is professor at the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka. She graduated from the same department and later received her MA and PhD degrees respectively from the University of Hawaii, USA and Cambridge University, UK. Professor Amena has received several national and international fellowships, which include the East-West Center Graduate Fellowship, CIDA International Fellowship, Commonwealth Staff Fellowship, SSRC Fellowship and Freedom Foundation Fellowship. She has written extensively on rights issues, State, Democracy, Civil-Military relations and human security. She is the author of The Politics of Nationalism: The Case of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh (UPL, 1997), The Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh: On The Difficult Road To Peace (Lynn Rienner Publishers, 2002), Ethnic Minorities of Bangladesh: Some Reflections the Saontals and Rakhaines (Programme for Research on Poverty Alleviation, 2002), Women and Militancy: South Asian Complexities, (co- edited with Imtiaz Ahmed), (Dhaka, University Press Limited. 2011), Conflict and Partition, CHT, Bangladesh (co-authored with Delwar Hossain) (SAGE, 2015). Of the Nation Born, (co-edited with Hameeda Hossain) (Zubaan, Delhi, 2016)

Zakir Hossain Raju, “Nation on Air: Bangladesh Liberation War and the ‘Swadhin Bangla Betar”

Zakir Hossain Raju is professor at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). He obtained his PhD in Cinema Studies from La Trobe University, Melbourne. He did his BA (Hons) and MA in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka. He also taught at Monash University campuses in Malaysia and Australia. A recipient of awards, grants and fellowships from a host of institutions (e.g. University of Essex, Japan Foundation, Threshold Foundation, Transparency International, La Trobe University, University of Dhaka etc.), Zakir Hossain Raju published widely. He is the author of Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity: In Search of the Modern? (Routledge, forthcoming). Dr Raju served as member of the Jury at Vesoul International Film Festival (France) in 2008 and at Melbourne International Film Festival during 1996-98.

মো. জিয়াউল হক [Md. Ziaul Hoque], মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চলচ্চিত্রে মানবতাবিরোধী অপরাধের উপস্থাপন

মো. জিয়াউল হক ফ্রি-ল্যান্স লেখক ও গবেষক। পত্র-পত্রিকা ও সামাজিক মাধ্যমে জিয়াউল হক সরকার নামে পরিচিত। জন্মেছেন ১৬ সেপ্টেম্বর, ১৯৮৮ সালে কুড়িগ্রাম জেলার ভূরুঙ্গামারীর ঈশ্বর বরুয়া গ্রামে। বাবা স্কুলমাস্টার ইয়াকুব আলী সরকারের হাত ধরেই লেখাপড়ায় হাতেখড়ি। প্রাতিষ্ঠানিক শিক্ষার পাট চুকিয়েছেন রাজশাহী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের গণযোগাযোগ ও সাংবাদিকতা বিভাগ থেকে।
ছাত্রাবস্থা থেকেই লেখালেখি করছেন বিভিন্ন জাতীয় দৈনিক, ম্যাগাজিন ও সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে। সাহিত্য, সমাজ-সংস্কৃতি, চলচ্চিত্র, গণমাধ্যম ও রাজনীতি নিয়ে তার আগ্রহ। রাজশাহী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের দীর্ঘায়ু আবৃত্তি সংগঠন ‘স্বনন’ এবং চলচ্চিত্র বিষয়ক ষান্মাসিক জার্নাল ‘ম্যাজিক লণ্ঠন’-এর সহযাত্রী। এছাড়া বাংলাদেশ ফিল্ম আর্কাইভে গবেষণা ফেলো, অনলাইন পত্রিকায় প্রদায়ক এবং একটি কর্পোরেট প্রতিষ্ঠানে মিডিয়া অ্যা- পাবলিক রিলেশন অফিসার হিসেবেও কাজ করেছেন। বর্তমানে কবিতা, গল্প, চলচ্চিত্র ও গণমাধ্যম গবেষণায় নিবিড় মনোনিবেশ করেছেন।

Kazi Sameeo Sheesh, “Religious Conflict Sensitivity, Education System and Gonojagoronmoncho Movement in Bangladesh: Exploring the Role for Academia”

Kazi Sameeo is a faculty at the Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University. He did his Bachelor and Master degrees in Economics from the University of Dhaka. Then, he did his second Master in Development Studies from BRAC University and also another Master in International Education from the George Washington University. He is interested in the field of education, especially, issues related to peace, conflict, religion, human rights, culture and social movement. In addition, he is involved with social and cultural activities and study circles. He has a knack for freehand writing and share views with people.

Md. Pizuar Hossain, “Oral History and Testimonies: The ICT-BD Cases of Killing of Intellectuals”

Md. Pizuar Hossain has been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Department of Law of East West University. Prior to joining Department of Law of East West University, he was an intern as well as research assistant of the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICT-BD). He was a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Medal award for obtaining the highest CGPA from School of Law of BRAC University. Pizuar received the Academic Excellence Award in 2nd Winter School on “Genocide, Justice, and the New Generation.” He has published articles in academic journals.

 


The 2016 International Conference on Genocide and Mass Violence: Theories Traumas Trials and Testimonies is organized by Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka.

Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS)
Room 402, Center for Advanced Research in Arts & Social Sciences (CARASS)
University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.
Telephone: PABX 880-2-9661900, Ext. 4647;
E-mail: info.cgs.bd@gmail.com
Website: www.cgsdu.org

Details

Start:
24th March 2016
End:
26th March 2016
Website:
http://www.cgsdu.org

Organizer

Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS)
Phone:
PABX 880-2-9661900
Email:
info.cgs.bd@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.cgsdu.org/

Venue

Special Conference Hall
Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka
Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh
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