Public Lecture Mediating the Past: Historical Dialogue, Justice, and Reconciliation by Prof. Alexander Karn, Colgate University, United States


In cooperation with the Ilia State University, the University of Bern is organizing a public lecture “Mediating the Past: Historical Dialogue, Justice, and Reconciliation” in the framework of the project “Remembering the Past in the Conflicts of the Present: Civil Society and Contested Histories in the Post-Soviet Space (1991 – 2017)” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Alexander Karn is an associate professor of history at Colgate University, USA. He is the author of Amending the Past: Europe’s Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and co-editor (with Elazar Barkan) of Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (Stanford University Press, 2006). His doctoral dissertation examined property restitution and national identity in post-communist Eastern Europe. His research interests include politics of history, historical commissions, and historical reconciliation.

The event is moderated by Prof. Carmen Scheide, University of Bern, Switzerland.  

The discussion will be held in English.

The event will be followed by a reception. Attendance is free.

Date:  Thursday, 20 June 2019

Time: 18:30-20:00

Venue: Room G106, (G. Tsereteli str. N1) Ilia State University.

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