IAGS2017 Session 14

Day 4, 13 July 1530-1700 Session 14

Film Session H

Location Moot Court W237, Level 2, Forgan Smith
Once My Mother (2014)
Director Sophia Turkiewicz
Runtime 73 minutes
Abstract When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven-years-old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia could never forget or forgive this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines their troubled mother-daughter relationship, she discovers the epic story behind Helen's wartime deportation from Poland to a Siberian gulag, her miraculous release, subsequent survival against the odds and final arrival to safety in Australia as a post-war refugee and single mother. Helen’s extraordinary journey reveals the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies, until now, little known in the West. Played out over the lifespans of both mother and daughter, Once My Mother is a deeply honest and intimate investigation of a troubled family, exploring the psychological effects of betrayal, conflict, displacement and migration. This multi-award winning, poignant documentary is also a tribute to the human capacity for resilience and the healing power of reconciliation.

Early Career Scholars Workshop: Research Skills

Location E302, Level 3, Forgan Smith
Chair Phil Orchard; University of Queensland
Research at the United Nations
Authors Alex Bellamy, University of Queensland
Biography Alex Bellamy is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia. He is also Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, New York and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2008-9 he served as co-chair of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Study Group on the Responsibility to Protect and he currently serves as Secretary of the High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia, chaired by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. Dr Bellamy is co-editor of the Global Responsibility to Protect journal. His recent books include Responsibility to Protect: A Defence (Oxford, 2014), Providing Peacekeepers (with Paul D. Williams) (Oxford, 2013) and Massacres and Morality (Oxford, 2012). Professor Bellamy is Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, New York and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His forthcoming book is "East Asia's Other Miracle: Explaining the Decline of Mass Atrocities" (Oxford University Press).
Fieldwork in Dangerous and Sensitive Places
Authors Annie Pohlman, University of Queensland
Stephanie Wolfe, Weber State University
Biography Dr Annie Pohlman is Lecturer in Indonesian studies at The School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She is author of Women, Sexual Violence, and the Indonesian Killings of 1965-1966 (Routledge, 2015), and co-editor of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention (Routledge, 2013). She is currently co-editing two volumes on the 1965-1966 mass killings in Indonesia, with A/Prof. Kate McGregor, Dr. Jess Melvin and Prof. Saskia E. Wieringa. Her research interests include comparative genocide studies, Indonesian history, gendered experiences of violence, and torture. Her current research program tracks forms of torture throughout Indonesia’s “New Order” military regime (1965–1998).

Stephanie Wolfe specializes in international politics and human rights, focusing on genocide, crimes against humanity and other atrocities. Her publications include The Politics of Reparations and Apologies (2013) on the aftermath of World War II atrocities; specifically the Holocaust and the Romani genocides, the Japanese American internment, and the Japanese ‘comfort women’ system; and the book chapter The Politics of Reparations and Apologies: Historical and Symbolic Justice within the Rwandan Context (2014). She is the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology of research on the genocide against Tutsi and author of a book chapter on memorials within Rwanda. Dr. Wolfe’s current forthcoming projects/publications center on the 1994 genocide within Rwanda. Dr. Wolfe serves as the Media and Communications Officer for the Executive Board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (2015-2017).
Issues with Fieldwork Transcription
Authors Caroline Bennett, Victoria University of Wellington
Biography Caroline Bennett is a lecturer in cultural anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research addresses issues of conflict, violence and collective memory, with specific attention to mass graves, mass death, genocide, and the politics of death and the dead, interrogating the efficacy of geopolitical interventions and universalist assumptions related to trauma, healing, justice, and wider human rights discourses on conflict and disaster.
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