This application develops a project initially funded under a NDI Exploration grant that involved Oberlin College faculty from different disciplines to pursue an initial study of collective memory after violent conflict. In the Exploration, interdisciplinary dialogue was key to recognizing that participants 1) shared common themes of study, though they took different discipline-driven approaches, 2) shared important ethical challenges in addressing collective memory; and 3) could gain insight for their own scholarship and teaching through learning from colleagues' work on memory in other disciplines.
That experience spurred drafting of this new proposal, to deepen and broaden connections in the study of collective memory among faculty at Oberlin and several other GLCA schools. We propose a one-and-a-half day workshop entitled Collective Memory After Violent Conflict: Working Across the Disciplines, to be held at Oberlin in April 2013. The workshop will enable participants to learn from scholars in multiple disciplines and to consider the ethical implications of research and teaching of collective memory. The workshop will have three specific objectives: 1) to foster substantive discussions of different intellectual and pedagogical approaches to studying and teaching collective memory; 2) to plan for at least one specific event at Oberlin (a symposium open to the general public) that would enable future collaborations with workshop attendees; and 3) to identify potential colleagues for self-started consultations or collaborations on scholarship or teaching outside of the planned workshop. In short, the workshop provides both a 'take-away' intellectual experience, and establishes ties for future formal and informal collaborations.