Transitional Justice, Culture, and Society: Beyond Outreach


Clara Ramírez-Barat

Transitional justice processes have a fundamental public dimension: their impact depends in part on the social support they receive. Beyond outreach programs, other initiatives, such as media and cultural interventions, can strengthen—or in some cases undermine—the public resonance of transitional justice. How can media and art be used to engage society in discussions around accountability? How do media influence social perceptions and attitudes toward the legacy of the past? To what extent is social engagement in the public sphere necessary to advance the political transformation that transitional justice measures hope to promote? Examining the roles that culture and society play in transitional justice contexts, this volume focuses on the ways in which communicative practices can raise public awareness of and reflection upon the legacies of mass abuse.

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The book's chapters explore the following topics:

  • On Making the Invisible Visible: The Role of Cultural Interventions in Transitional Justice Processes Pablo de Greiff
  • Transitional Justice and the Public Sphere Clara Ramírez-Barat
  • Implementing an Engagement Model: Outreach at the Special Court for Sierra Leone Maya Karwande
  • Making Justice Visible: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Domestic War Crimes Trials OutreachStephanie A. Barbour
  • Reaching Out to Victims and Communities: The CAVR’s Experiences in Timor-Leste Patrick Burgess and Galuh Wandita
  • Between Protection and Participation: Involving Children and Youth in Transitional Justice Processes Virginie Ladisch and Clara Ramírez-Barat
  • Democratization of Media in Post-Conflict Situations: Reporting on ICTY War Crimes Trials in Serbia Nidžara Ahmetaševic´ and Tanja Matic´
  • The Uses and Abuses of Media: Rwanda before and after the Genocide Timothy Longman
  • The Media’s Potential in Developing Social Awareness for Justice:The Example of Interactive Radio for Justice Wanda E. Hall
  • Using Media to Foster Mutual Respect and Understanding among Children in a Post-Conflict Region: The Rruga Sesam/Ulica Sezam Project in Kosovo Charlotte F. Cole and June H. Lee
  • “Friend” of the Court: New Media and Transitional Justice Camille Crittenden
  • From Tears to Energy: Early Uses of Participatory Theater in Afghanistan Nadia Siddiqui and Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn
  • Reverberations of Testimony: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Art and Media Catherine M. Cole
  • Photography and Transitional Justice: Evidence, Postcard, Placard, Token of Absence Eduardo González Cueva and M. Florencia Librizzi
  • Visions of Justice and Accountability: Transitional Justice and Film Carolyn Patty Blum
  • Memoryworks/Memory Works Louis Bickford
  • Literature and Experiences of Harm Carlos Thiebaut Luis-André
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