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Cambodia, from Then to Now: Memory and Plural Identities in the Aftermath of Genocide


Sponsored by the Montreal Life Stories CURA - Cambodian Working Group
May 5-7, 2011
Concordia University
This conference explored how the genocide perpetrated by the Khmers rouges on the Cambodian population from April 1975 to January 1979, has been remembered and why. How have these horrific events shaped current Khmer identity? What lessons can be drawn from the Cambodian experience, both in Cambodia and in the Diaspora? What has been the legacy of the genocide? What stories are being transmitted to the next generation? Should the entire story of a painful past should be transmitted and how? How have artists and filmmakers engaged with the Cambodian genocide? What has been the effect of recent trials on public and private remembering? Thirty years later, is justice and reconciliation being achieved? In responding to these and other questions, participants in the colloquium are invited to reflect on the meaning of mass violence in the context of the “before”, “during” and the “after” - both in terms of the life stories of survivors as well as Khmer identity and Cambodian history more generally.


Concordia University