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Conference  2024 

10/11 June
Queen's University Belfast

The Disappeared 
Addressing the Legacies & Challenges of Confronting Human Disappearance

Over two days, many of the world’s leading experts and practitioners gathered in Belfast to discuss the global legacies and implications of enforced disappearance. Hosted by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University, as the first international conference of its kind, “The Disappeared: Addressing the Legacies and Challenges of Confronting Human Disappearance” brought together leading voices from the policy sector, academia and world of arts to centre “disappearance studies” as a new core research field in politics, international relations and legal studies and in conflict, violence and peace related programmes. With the participation of those affected by disappearance, policymakers, practitioners and scholars, the conference considered historical understandings and experiences alongside new ethical and conceptual frameworks, research agendas and policy responses with the objective of launching Disappearance Studies as a sub-field of policy-relevant research and practice in its own right.
 

Organising Committee

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Roddy Brett

Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol

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Richard English

Director, George Mitchell Institute, Queen's University, Belfast

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Josefina Echavarría Alvarez

Director of the Peace Accords Matrix, University of Notre Dame

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Colin Barr

Director of the Clingen Family Center, University of Notre Dame

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Brad Evans

Director, Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath

Participants

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Carlos Beristain

Former truth commissioner on disappearances in Colombia & Mexico

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Valerie Rosoux

Director of research

 National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Louvain

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Roberto Vidal

President of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Colombia

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Luz Janeth Forero Martínez 

General Director Missing Persons Unit, Colombia

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Chantal Meza

Visual Artist, Mexico

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Sandra Peake

CEO Wave, Trauma Centre, Belfast

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Elizabeth Santander

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Elise Feron

Research Fellow, Tampere University

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Arely Cruz Santiago

Research fellow, University of Exeter

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Maria Clara Galvis Patiño

Professor of Human Rights Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia 

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Lauren Dempster

Senior Lecturer in Law, Queen's University Belfast

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Louisa Mallinder

Deputy Director

George Mitchell Institute, Queen's University, Belfast 

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Miguel Moctezuma

Minerva Global Security Programme,

University of Oxford

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Alison Ribeiro de Menezes

Professor of Hispanic Studies, University of Warwick

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Phil Scraton

Emeritus Professor & advocate, Queen's University Belfast

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Nuala Finnegan

Professor & Dean of Studies, University of Cork

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Ruth Murray

Lead of Writing Peace Project, University of Oxford

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Daniele Rugo

Professor & Film Maker, University of Brunel 

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Eleanor Williams

Research Fellow

University of Oxford

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Leslie Wingender

Director, Peace Programme, Humanity United 

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Dympna Kerr

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Emma Murphy

Post-Doc Researcher, Peace Accords Matrix-Clingen Family Center, Notre Dame

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Maria Paula Prada

Research Fellow, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

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Kieran McEvoy

Professor of Law

George Mitchell Institute, Queen's University, Belfast

Partners

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