A one-day workshop on “Truth, Memory and Reconciliation in Southeast Asia” will be held at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, October 15. The workshop is designed as collaborative research sharing between academics, Canadian advocates of human rights in Southeast Asia, and people directly involved in the two Southeast Asian cases to be studied. The workshop aims to explore the Timorese-Papuan comparison through an encounter of participants in, and analysts of, these struggles.

Location: University of Ottawa, Advanced Research Complex, room ARC 233.

Draft schedule:

(All organizational affiliations are listed for identification purposes only)

October 15, 9 am – 430 pm

9:15 welcome remarks

Session 1: 9:30 -10:30. Perspectives on Timor-Leste I.

Pat Walsh (former senior advisor to the Timor-Leste truth commission, CAVR): “Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste 10 Years after the truth commission report”

Jacqueline Aquino Siapno (independent scholar/Universidade da Paz, Timor-Leste): “On Politika Taka Malu, Censorship, and Silencing: Virtuosos of clandestinity and one’s relationship to truth and memory.” (Click to view draft in progress.)

Session 2: 10:45-12:00. Perspectives on Timor-Leste II.

Bella Galhos (Civil Society and Social Affairs Advisor, Office of the President, Timor-Leste), “Women and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste”

Laurentina Barreto Soares (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia): “Development in Timor-Leste after independence”

Jess Agustin (Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace): “Reconciliation, church, and peacebuilding”

Panels on Timor-Leste chaired by Micheline (Mika) Levesque, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

12:00-13:00 lunch break

Session 3: 13:00-14:45. Perspectives on (West) Papua and Melanesia

Betty Lina Gigisi (former gender officer, Solomon Islands truth commission), tba

“BinSyowi: ‘the woman who loves’ – Women as guardians and weavers of peace in Biak, Papua”

Todd Biderman (Pacific Peoples Partnership), tba

David Webster (Bishop’s University): “The Clash of historical narratives in the Papua Conflict”

Ed McWilliams (West Papua Advocacy Team): “Time for A New U.S. Approach toward Indonesia and West Papua”

Session 4, 15:00-16:00. Perspectives on Indonesia

Bernd Schaefer (Cold War International History Project): “The Touchy Historiography of Indonesia 1965: Intractable Blockades?”

Baskara Wardaya SJ (Sanata Dharma University, Indonesia): “Reconciliation without Politics? The Case of Sekber ’65 in Solo, Indonesia”

Afternoon sessions chaired by April Ingham, Pacific Peoples’ Partnership

Session 5, 16:00-16:30. General discussion on ways forward for truth & reconciliation in Southeast Asia

Attendance is free and open to the public.

The workshop is possible through the support of the Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies. Several participants will take place in CCSEAS 2015 on Oct. 15-16. Please visit the CCSEAS site for information and to register for CCSEAS 2015.