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The Arts of Transitional Justice

Culture, Activism, and Memory after Atrocity

Rush, Peter, Simić, Olivera (Eds.)

2014, XVIII, 198 p. 10 illus. in color.

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  • Examines the relationship between transitional justice and the practice of art
  • Collaborative work between scholars, civil society groups, and artists
  • Interdisciplinary focus on the central themes of transitional justice

The re-assesment of transitional justice as both an institutional craft and a system of knowledge has been ongoing for sometime now. The Arts of Transitional Justice: Culture, Activism and Memory After Atrocity contributes to this revaluation by focusing on the prevalence of art and aesthetic practices in the various domains and institutions of transitional justice.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this volume provides personal and intellectual contributions by literary and cultural critics, legal scholars, artists and activists as well as policy experts. It ranges across theatre, public art installations, literary fiction and public protest, poems and film, photography, museums, monuments and body art. How are these cultural performances used in the practices of transitional justice? What can and do they tell us about the discourses of transitional justice, and their representations of the cultural and social transformations of post-conflict societies? How do they provide provide a forum and idiom through which survivors of atrocity can have their voices heard, can tell their story, as well as evaluate and reflect on the transitional justice mechanisms in their society?

This volume seeks to understand the significant and plural role that artists, works of art and more broadly aesthetic performances have played in societies in transition. Among the topics covered are:

  • Cultural intervention and the imagination of peace and transition
  • Education, photography and fictional narratives after Genocide
  • Memory, performance and trauma
  • Public protest, public art and cities in transformation
  • The role of theatre in healing in Afghanistan, Serbia and beyond
  • Diasporic communities and the artefacts of lives recalled
  • The reception of artworks by survivors of atrocity
  • The dilemmas of transitional justice scholarship and the feeling for justice

With its global and detailed case studies approach, The Arts of Transitional Justice is a significant resource for those interested in the role of the arts in responding to the multidimensional legacies of atrocity as well as those interested in the transformation of transitional justice. In coming to terms with the past and setting the terms and conditions of a different future, it engages the plural idioms of accountability and responsibility, memory and trauma, justice and the rhetoric of transition after atrocity.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » explanatory narratives - memorial culture - performativity and aesthetics - plural jurisdictions of transitional aesthetics - staging of history - transitional justice processes

Related subjects » Community Psychology - Political Science

Table of contents 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

List of Figures

 

Preface:           After atrocity: foreword to transition by Peter D Rush

 

Chapter 1:       Fields of Opportunity … cultural invention and the ‘new Northern Ireland’ by Eugene McNamee

Chapter 2:       Activism, Public Debate and Temporal Complexities in Fighting for Transitional Justice in Serbia by Laura McLeod with Jovana Dimitrijević and Biliana Rakočević

Chapter 3:       Education and photography at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum by Maria Elander

Chapter 4:       Dispersed Truths and Displaced Memories: Extra­territorial Witnessing and Memorialising by Diaspora through Public Art by Fayen d’Evie

Chapter 5:       Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden as a Mirror Reflecting the Dilemmas of Transitional Justice Policy by Padraig McAuliffe

Chapter 6:       Enacting Justice: The Role of Dah Theatre Company in Transitional Justice Processes in Serbia and Beyond by Olivera Simić and Dijana Milošević

Chapter 7:       Culture, Theatre and Justice: Examples from Afghanistan by Nadia Siddiqui, Hadi Marifat and Sari Kouvo

Chapter 8:       The Bleak Visions of Literary Justice for Survivors of Srebrenica: Examining the Fictional Narratives of Srebrenica Genocide in Light of the Insights from Transitional Justice by Ajla Demiragić and Edin Hodžić

Chapter 9:       Memorial Culture in the Former Yugoslavia: Mothers of Srebrenica and the Destruction of Artefacts by the ICTY by Olivera Simić

Chapter 10:     (Mis)representations of Transitional Justice: Contradictions in Displaying History, Memory and Art in the Skopje 2014 Project by Despina Angelovska

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