USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research's Research Program Officer Martha Stroud will present a paper at the symposium "Narratives and Testimonies After Conflict: The Second Generation" at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia on April 18, 2016.
In her talk, entitled "The Widening Sphere of 'Victim' in Post-1965 Narratives in Indonesia," Martha Stroud, who earned her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley in 2015, will use examples from her research to explore the complicated and contested ways that Indonesians perceive and describe the category of "victim" following the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-1966. Traditionally, in the scholarly literature surrounding post-conflict testimony, the term "second generation" has been used to describe the children and relatives of victims and survivors of violence. The Indonesia case is a powerful illustration of how even people born generations after the atrocities, as well as people with no personal connection to the violent history, are also deeply influenced by the events of 1965-1966 on a daily basis today, 50 years after the killings began.
Some of the other talks in the symposium focus on Bangladesh, Peru, Argentina, Rwanda, the Holocaust, and Romania.