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"Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared" is a two-day programme incorporating a textile display and two seminars to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances 30 August 2020.

The two-day programme, and online textile display, will be launched online.

 

Encadenamiento / Women Chained to Parliament Gates, Chilean arpillera, Anonymous, 1980s. Photographer Martin Melaugh, © Conflict Textiles

Launch of "Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared"

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  • Sunday 30 August 2020
  • 14:00 to 14.45pm
  • 15.00pm YouTube Premier of the short introductory film to the online exhibition

Speakers:

  • Introduction: Karen Logan, Senior Curator of History National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • Greeting: Roberta Bacic, collector and curator of the Conflict Textiles collection
  • Input: Rainer Huhle, Germany, independent expert of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearance (2011-2019) and response to the arpillera Recuerdos de Guadalupe / Guadalupe's Longings (1989)
  • YouTube Premier of the short film on the textiles exhibition will be screened (3pm)
  • Moderator: Professor Brandon Hamber, the John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, Ulster University

 

Transnational Experiences of Enforced Disappearances

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This first seminar will explore international experiences of dealing with enforced disappearances, including sharing experiences of activist-driven campaigns in global perspective.

  • Monday 31 August 2020
  • 14:00 to 15:30

Speakers:

  • Shari Eppel, Director of Ukuthula Trust, living and working in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and part of the forensic anthropology team for Zimbabwe uncovering mass and single graves resulting from politically motivated killings.
  • Ram Kumar Bhandari, a human rights activist from Nepal whose father was disappeared in 2001. Ram has led the struggle to secure justice for victims of Nepal's conflict and systematic disappearances for over a decade.
  • Respondent: Professor Cath Collins of Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. Founder of the Transitional Justice Observatory in Chile that works closely with relatives' associations seeking truth during the Pinochet-era dictatorship.
  • Moderator: Professor Brandon Hamber, the John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, Ulster University

 

The Search for the Disappeared: Textile and art expressions

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  • Monday 31 August 2020
  • 16:00 to 17:30

This second seminar will explore international experiences of dealing with enforced disappearances with a specific focus on how the art has helped mobilise campaigns.

Speakers:

  • Nicole Drouilly, a human rights advocate who campaigns against impunity during the Pinochet dictatorship. She is a member of Memoriaviva.com and "Memoria del Sur Oral History Project", and is a textile artist.
  • Alit Ambara, is a poster artist from Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia. He established Nobodycorp as a graphic design studio in 1993. Nobodycorp combines Alit's experience as a human rights activist and his proficiency as an artist. Alit is a member of the Transformative Memory network.
  • Jaime Nuguer, Argentinean labour and human rights lawyer
  • Respondent: Catherine Flood, Curator at Victoria & Albert Museum, and co-curator of Disobedient Objects.
  • Moderator: Professor Brandon Hamber, the John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, Ulster University
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