The title of the conference, 'I too, remember dust' is inspired by a poem from the acclaimed Romanian-Jewish poet Paul Celan, a survivor of Auschwitz, a title which invokes a haunting image of any conflict and suffering from around the world.
The conference explores the themes of peace-building, politics and the arts in the former Yugoslavia and other national and international contexts and, as such, has welcomed proposals for papers, discussion panels and creative practice across the performing arts, fine arts, film, literature, politics and the social sciences in general.
This conference has been organised by Professor Peter Billingham (Conference lead organiser, Professor of Modern Drama, Department of Performing Arts), Dr Alan Grattan (Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the Winchester Crime and Justice Research Centre) and Dr Mark Owen (Director of the Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace).
- Actor and Director Richard Wilson. Best known as Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave, Richard Wilson is also a highly successful and respected director and actor. It is in his role as director of an acclaimed production of Sarah Kane's controversial play Blasted (her response to the Bosnian War) that he will participate in a Q&A session with Professor Billingham.
- David Edgar - Playwright and Journalist
- The Reverend Donald Reeves - Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Winchester and awarded an MBE for his peace-building work in Bosnia
- The Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman - Professor of Applied Music at the University of Winchester
- Professor Dr Malkhaz Songulashvili - Bishop of Tbilisi, Senior Minister of the Baptist Peace Cathedral, awarded the annual Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award “for his multidimensional work for peace building and the promotion of mutual respect among various religions.”
- Elena Marchevska - An interdisciplinary artist and Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at London South Bank University
- Dr Marian Liebmann - Awarded an OBE for services to Social Justice through Art Therapy and Mediation
- The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling
- Susan Curtis-Kojakovic - Dean of The Priory of England and The Islands of the Order of St John, Founder and Director of Istros Books - a UK publisher of literature in translation from SE Europe, and especially the countries of the former Yugoslavia
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