Symposium- Scarred Nations: Intrastate conflicts, legacies, and reconciliation

A multi-disciplinary symposium on intrastate conflict is to be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum on the 20th-21st April 2023, convened by the War History Heritage Art and Memory Network Research Group. The programme examines our understanding of the New Zealand Wars, as Aotearoa’s own intrastate conflict (Day 1) and leads onto NZ’s experience of contemporary intrastate conflicts internationally where New Zealand Defence Forces have been involved, such as Timor Leste (Day 2). Keynotes to be given by Professor Alexander Gillespie, Professor James Belich and Dr Ruth Nuttall.

The Scarred Nations symposium framing of intrastate conflict (or civil war) within an international and historic context (with significant Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific content) is unique, timely, and relevant to both local and international audiences. Intrastate conflicts, such as the New Zealand Wars, are characterised by a multitude of perspectives, experiences, cultures, histories, and sites. The Scarred Nations symposium draws together these diverse facets of internal war into a shared conceptual space. While other examinations of intrastate conflict often take particular disciplinary approaches, Scarred Nations examines this subject through a multi perspectival lens including historical, indigenous, artistic, museological, military, and diplomatic responses.

The symposium is hosted by Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, in partnership with Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga and Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa.