With over 250 members in more than 65 countries, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience offers unprecedented access to a wide range of sites, experts and methodologies dedicated to galvanizing the past for a more equitable future. Launched in 2019, our monthly online learning series, Conscience Matters, brings together members, Coalition staff and special guests to probe pressing issues facing Sites of Conscience today and showcase innovative and effective strategies to help members energize their audiences and play a leading role in our global movement for memory.
All sessions are free for members; non-members may attend select sessions for a fee.
Invisible No More: LGBTQI+ Programming
January 17, 2019
Around the globe, there is an increased interest in foregrounding the stories of the LGBTQI+ community, but – with relatively few models available – often little understanding of how this can best be done. This webinar will bring together Coalition members onePulse Foundation (USA) and the Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance as well as the Gay and Lesbian Archive in Action (South Africa) to shed light on this vital topic – providing creative examples of LGBTQI+ programming from different regions, offering strategies for creating physical sites, and sharing challenges and successes in making LGBTQI+ issues more visible and relevant.
February 14-15, 2019
Over one billion unique devices connect to Wikimedia projects every month. For cultural organizations, Wikipedia – which is entirely free and highly accessible – is a particularly powerful resource. In February, we welcome Luisina Ferrante, Coordinator of the Human Rights Wiki Project, to speak about the movement for free knowledge and offer fresh strategies for how Sites of Conscience can create the most engaging entries and maximize their exposure on the site. Sessions will be offered in English and Spanish.
Women of Conscience: From Trauma to Transformation (Members Only)
March 14, 2019
Women have long been incarcerated alongside men, and yet their experiences of it have been far less explored or, often, remain entirely unknown. Held in recognition of International Women’s Day, this webinar will bring together three Sites of Conscience working to change this by foregrounding the history of women’s imprisonment and the ways in which women’s individual trauma has led to reconciliation, healing and advocacy.
Lebo Marishane will join us from Constitution Hill in South Africa, a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past. Fatna al Bouih will be speaking from Casa Memoire in Morocco on her own incarceration and political activism. Maria Jose Kahn will share details from Museo Sitio de Memoria – ESMA‘s new Coalition-sponsored exhibit on the experiences of female detainees under the Argentinian dictatorship.
While comparing lessons learned in creating platforms for women’s stories of incarceration, the panel will also provide Coalition members useful strategies for harnessing the power of place – and the power of women – to build stronger, more resilient communities.
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The Dynamics of Dialogue (Members Only)
April 18, 2019
Contentious topics are nothing new to Sites of Conscience, but learning how to engage visitors and other audiences in meaningful conversations about them can be difficult. In this session, the Coalition’s Methodology and Practice team will equip members with the tools they need to navigate divisive histories – challenging visitors’ preconceptions, fostering dialogue and sparking civic action that enables the past to activate the future.
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Collecting The Now (Members Only)
May 16, 2019
With the rise of extremism around the world, the need to document human rights abuses is an increasingly urgent one. But who decides what to collect and who has access to collections? How do organizations navigate both controversial collections and dangerous settings? And how does the nature of a collection change when its primary goal is the preservation of human rights abuses? This session will examine different types of contemporary collecting around revolutionary events, protests, and truth and reconciliation efforts in Ukraine, Sri Lanka, and the United States, among other countries.
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Open House at the Coalition (Members Only)
June 18-20, 2019
In the past year alone, dozens of new Sites of Conscience have joined the Coalition from all parts of the globe. With each new member, our extraordinary network grows deeper and stronger. In this session, members can hear from Coalition staff about exciting developments, discover new Coalition resources and learn more about our methodology. Ideal for members both new and long-standing, the session will also provide an opportunity for members to ask questions of staff and share their suggestions. Sessions will be offered in English, French and Spanish.
To register for the French on June 18th, click here.
To register for English which will be on June 20th, click here.
To register for Spanish on June 20th, click here.
The schedule for July-December 2019 will be available in the Spring. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.