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Transitional Justice: Images and Memories

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Edited by: Chrisje Brants, Antoine Hol, Dina Siegel

ISBN13: 9781409438854
Published: March 2013
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Transitional justice is usually associated with international criminal courts and tribunals, but criminal justice is merely one way of dealing with the legacy of conflict and atrocity. Justice is not only a matter of law. It is a process of making sense of the past and accepting the possibility of a shared future together, although perpetrators, victims and bystanders may have very different memories and perceptions, experiences and expectations.

This book goes further than providing a legal analysis of the effectiveness of transitional justice and presents a wider perspective. It is a critical appraisal of the different dimensions of the process of transitional justice that affects the imagery and constructions of past experiences and perceptions of conflict. Examining hidden histories of atrocities, public trials and memorialization, processes and rituals, artistic expressions and contradictory perceptions of past conflicts, the book constructs what transitional justice and the imagery involved can mean for a better understanding of the processes of justice, truth and reconciliation.

In transcending the legal, although by no means denying the significance of law, the book also represents a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to justice and includes contributions from criminal and international lawyers, cultural anthropologists, criminologists, political scientists and historians.

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Introduction, Chrisje Brants

Part I Hidden Histories: The question of Turkey: contested, forgotten and remembered memories, Gülhan Demirci
The lives and times of sentenced Nazi war criminals: re-negotiating guilt and innocence in post-Nuremberg Germany 1950-1975, Susanne Karstedt
René Cassin, state sovereignty and transitional justice in the period of the Second World War, Jay Winter

Part II Processes and Rituals: The theatre of justice: on the educational meaning of criminal trials, Antoine Hol
Memory culture and urban reconstruction: the case of Staro Sajmište in Belgrade, Srdjan Radovic
Transitional justice and local memory: commemoration and social action in Londres 38, Espacio de Memorias, Katrien Klep
The role of ritual is shifting collective dispositions, Danielle Celermajer

Part III Contradictory Perceptions of Conflict and Justice: Communicating the ICC: imagery and image-building in Uganda, Chrisje Brants, Kees Brants and Lauren Gould
Child soldiers: towards a rights-based imagery, Ton Liefaard
Images of international criminal justice in the former Yugoslavia, Sanja Kutnjak Ivković and John Hagan

Part IV Discourse and Artistic Expression: Wagner in Israel: the mixture of politics and music, Dina Siegel
‘Maybe if the world had paid more attention’. Western cinematic perspectives on the Rwandan genocide and the role of the West: Hotel Rwanda, Shooting Dogs and Sometimes in April, Bernadette Kester
An eye for an eye: the imagery of the 1947 Partition (India, Pakistan), Lodewijk Brunt