Emerging Memory-Related Challenges for MENA
in Conflict and Post-Conflict Countries
Conference by UMAM Documentation and Research
In Partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
@ Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Beirut
November 24 - 25, 2014

In November 2014, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and UMAM Documentation and Research (UMAM D&R) hosted a conference in Beirut titled STATES OF TRANSITION. Associated with a broader effort in which the two organizations had engaged separately, the symposium was intended to help promote a multifaceted and regionally oriented exchange of ideas focused on issues related to memory, conflict and transition-related dilemmas including transitional justice. The overall effort necessitated an examination of the many approaches being used by people, societies and governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to reconcile regime change with the attendant turmoil.

The conference opened with two keynote speeches given respectively by Achim Vogt, who heads Beirut's FES office, and Lokman Slim, the co-director of UMAM D&R. Topics of the panels were the following:

  • What is going on? Examples of Transition in the MENA Region
  • Handling the Past - Attempts at Transitional Justice 
  • Documentation and Memory
  • Legacies of Past and Present Violence - The Trauma-Related Issues
  • The Future of the Past
  • Conclusion

UMAM D&R and FES published a detailed report in 2017 that shares its title, STATES OF TRANSITION – Emerging Memory Challenges in MENA Countries, with the conference. That report is available at the offices of both UMAM D&R and FES.
STATES OF TRANSITION - Snapshots of the Conference