The success of transitional justice measures rests in no small degree on their ability to promote social awareness of their importance and to engage the public. This view, now widely shared, is unfortunately not always reflected in either the design or operations of transitional justice measures. ICTJ’s research project on outreach in transitional justice mechanisms examined some past experiences and made recommendations to improve relevant practices.
Public engagement with transitional justice, however, is unlikely to take place primarily in judicial and even in political spheres. This project, Transitional Justice, Culture, and Society, extends ICTJ’s outreach project by focusing attention on the important ways in which, beyond official outreach programs implemented by TJ measures, media and various types of cultural interventions are necessary for, and contribute to, the dissemination of transitional justice messages in the broader public sphere.
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Although there have been some isolated studies about the intersection of transitional justice and media, culture, and society, there has been little systematic work to date examining these links.
The Research Unit’s project on Transitional Justice, Culture, and Society aims to take a first step toward filling this gap.
The project has commissioned 15 papers (10 case studies and five thematic papers) that collectively provide a preliminary overview of the relationship between transitional justice measures and different modes of expression and communication—developed mainly in the public sphere—that may engage populations in the justice process. The papers have been published in an edited volume entitled Transitional Justice, Culture and Society. Beyond Outreach. (New York, SSRC: 2014)
The book project contains a total of 15 chapters organized into three different sections:
Participants in this project include: Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Stephanie Barbour, Carol Patty Blum, Patrick Burgess, Louis Bickford, Catherine M. Cole, Charlotte F. Cole, Camille Crittenden, Eduardo Gónzalez, Wanda Hall, Hjalmar Joffre-Eichhorn, Maya Karwande, Virginie Ladisch, June H. Lee, Maria Florencia Librizzi,Timothy Longman, Tanja Matic, Clara Ramírez-Barat, Nadia Siddiqui, Carlos Thiebaut, and Galuh Wandita.