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Offer: Call for Applications: International Memory Initiatives Exchange Forum (Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 25-29 Sep. 2012)

The Peace Institute of Cambodia (PIC) and Impunity Watch (IW) invite applications for participation in the upcoming International Memory Initiatives Exchange Forum, ‘Breaking the Silence’. The five-day Exchange Forum, to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 25 – 29 September 2012, will examine the use and misuse of memory initiatives after gross human rights violations with particular focus on their relationship with strategies to combat widespread impunity after violence.

Based on research conducted by Impunity Watch in five post-conflict settings (Burundi, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Guatemala and South Africa) and a comparative analysis of this research, the Exchange Forum will bring together civil society representatives and researchers from the respective research countries, as well as practitioners and experts of other fields in order to stimulate critical reflection on memorialisation towards the development of concrete international policy recommendations. The Exchange Forum aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of crucial dilemmas related to memorialisation of a variety of actors involved in the process, developing national actions plans for implementing the international policy recommendations.

Important topics to be covered include: the impact of memorialisation on local communities struggling with a culture of impunity; the effects of politicisation and manipulation of memorialisation after violence; rethinking the role of memory initiatives as part of a transitional justice agenda, and; key indicators of positive transformation brought about by recourse to memory activities.

Target groups

To complement the civil society representatives and researchers from the five research countries and the invited experts, the Peace Institute of Cambodia and Impunity Watch invite applications from policymakers, practitioners and researchers with expertise or a strong interest in developing policy recommendations on memorialisation after violence. Representatives of civil society organisations, NGOs, regional and international bodies, UN agencies, foreign missions and research institutions are encouraged to apply. Since the Exchange Forum will explore the interconnections between memory initiatives and other post-conflict approaches, a range of expert and disciplinary backgrounds are sought, including anthropologists, international criminal lawyers, human rights practitioners, activists, etc.

Methodology

The International Exchange Forum will be grounded in the comparative research and analysis conducted by Impunity Watch, which will form the framework for the five-day Exchange Forum. Rather than a traditional conference format, the Exchange Forum seeks a much more interactive and participatory exchange of information and will stimulate participants to actively engage in the subject matter rather than being only passive actors. This format has been selected in order to encourage maximum input and critical insight towards the development of sound policy recommendations.

Fee

Participants will pay $125 USD, which covers five days of participation in the Exchange Forum, the cost of materials, daily refreshments and lunch, and transportation to Cambodian memory initiatives. A reduced participation fee will be considered for persons only wishing to attend individual days. Persons with a strong background in memorialisation, post-conflict transformation and/or civil society engagement and who demonstrate a need for assistance may also be exempted from the full participation fee.

Travel to and from Cambodia and accommodation in Phnom Penh are not included in the fee.

Arrangements for reduced-price accommodation at the Exchange Forum venue (Imperial Garden Villa & Hotel) can be made by the Peace Institute of Cambodia and Impunity Watch upon request of the (confirmed) participant.

To Apply

Please complete the attached Application Form and send together with a motivation letter indicating your reasons for applying, relevant expertise and institutional affiliation and a recent CV to: annet.vanoffenbeek@impunitywatch.org.

There are a restricted number of places available for the Exchange Forum so applicants are encouraged to apply quickly.

For further information regarding any aspect of the application procedure, Exchange Forum or Memorialisation Project please do not hesitate to contact Annet van Offenbeek at: annet.vanoffenbeek@impunitywatch.org

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