The Leuven Transitional Justice Blog, seeks to contribute to debates and knowledge exchanges between academics, researchers and practitioners on transitional justice. It adopts a holistic view, looking not only at traditional approaches to transitional justice (criminal trials, truth and reconciliation, reparations, vetting, memorialisation), but also at newly emerging practices (whether at the local, national, regional or international level) and at transitional justice’s intersections with human rights and broader societal, cultural and political dynamics. It also aims to pay particular attention to the attitudes and opinions of persons affected by violent conflicts and ways to address them. It is therefore dedicated to adopting a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from the disciplines of law, criminology, history, political science, socio-legal studies, psychology, cultural studies, and anthropology, amongst others – and in exploring the connections between transitional justice scholarship and other disciplines. This blog is meant to act as a meeting place for ideas and debates, involving both scholars and practitioners of transitional justice, with the purpose of advancing understanding of transitional justice and contributing to enhancing and improving its practice.
Cultural Opposition Project is the first digital database of both online and offline private and public collections in Europe which testify to the survival of various forms of cultural opposition in the former socialist countries. We show how these collections work, what functions they serve in their respective societies, and how they represent their holdings and findings to the national and international public. We will recognize forms of dissent during the communist regimes and preserve these as part of our common European heritage.
African Transitional Justice Research Network
The ATJRN site is similar to that of the International Center for Transitional Justice, but with a special emphasis on African transitional justice issues such as the Rwandan genocide and the violence in Southern Sudan. Although not as frequently updated as the ICTJ site, the ATJRN has important research resources such as a newsletter and a moderated discussion forum (currently down).
Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability
The Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) is a convening body which aims to facilitate exchange among scholars, advocates, and organizations dedicated to historical dialogue and accountability. Based at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) in New York, AHDA brings together academics, representatives of civil society organization, journalists, educators and artists as well as policy makers who all pursue historical dialogue in conflict, post-conflict and post-dictatorial societies. They address the political ramifications of the historical legacy of conflicts, as well as the role and impact of the memory of past violence on contemporary politics, society and culture. These ramifications often continue to haunt contemporary societies and the memories that shape the identities of protagonists in numerous conflict and post-conflict countries around the world. AHDA builds networks and facilitates comparative as well as interdisciplinary dialogue among its member
A grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity.
German Memory Studies Network
The Interdisciplinary Committee of the German Studies Association (GSA) has created a new network devoted to Memory Studies. We invite you to become a part of our network and participate in this new intellectual venture in interdisciplinarity. The network will generally serve as a venue for the exchange of ideas, but it will also be a place for the proposal and discussion of possible themes for future panels on Memory Studies at upcoming GSA conferences. To join up, please contact any of the network coordinators or go to the newly-created facebook group, “German Memory Studies Network” and register today! Contact:
Carol Anne Costabile-Heming firstname.lastname@example.org; Irene Kacandes email@example.com; Gavriel Rosenfeld firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Network for Justice. Conflict. Responsibility
The Global Network for Justice. Conflict. Responsibility is a new research and collaboration hub at the University of Melbourne (Criminology). The Network will provide a public platform to consider urgent matters of justice in Australia and abroad. It intends to operate as a forum for building partnerships and promoting knowledge exchange between academic institutions, government, NGOs and other agencies focused specifically on practices of justice in Australia and other communities that live with conflict and injustice.
H-Memory is a discussion network open to all academics and researchers concerned with Memory Studies. This inter-disciplinary field interests itself in how humans remember and represent that memory, be it through literature, monuments, historical works, or in their own private lives.
International Research Network for War Commemoration
IRNWC at Aix-Marseille brings together researchers from Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Belgian universities. For more information, please visit http://irnwc.hypotheses.org/.
Latin American Transitional Justice Network
The Rede Latino-Americana de Justiça de Transição (RLAJT) or Latin American Transitional Justice Network was established in 2011 by the Brazilian Amnesty Commission, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in cooperation with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). While still in its constitutive phase, the institution’s stated key objective is to facilitate and promote the communication and expertise in the field of transitional justice and spread knowledge about the Latin American experience. This new network may play an increasing role in the field of transitional justice studies. Its webpage provides a series of resources on transitional justice in Latin America including publications, video and audio material, and weblinks to important Latin American institutions such as truth commissions. In the future the RJLAT webpage is going to host the organization’s yearly reports.
LATITUDES: Latin American Research Platform
An independent site and association of researchers investigating the politics, cultures and histories of Latin America.
A multilingual website and app for smart phones that proposes 10 routes to discover historical and memorial sites of the twentieth century in Barcelona, a city that was systematically bombed during the Spanish Civil War and that lived in the streets the struggle to recover a democratic system.
The Memory Network
The Memory Network is an interdisciplinary research network with ties to Columbia University’s Memory in Global Context project. The Memory Network is a multi-disciplinary enterprise that brings together scientists, researchers, authors and artists, and organisations to provoke and fuel original thinking about memory in the twenty-first century.
Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies
Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies is a collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies between the Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies; the Swedish Memory Studies Network; and programmes at Ghent University (Belgium); Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany); Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA); and Columbia University (USA, associate partner). The network was launched at a meeting at the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts (VLAC) in Brussels on 14 October 2011.
Network for Migration and Culture
Network for Migration and Culture: The Interrelations of Migration, Culture and Aesthetics (NMC) is a national/ international network funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research (Forskningsrådet for Kultur og Kommunikation) and is scheduled to run for two years from August 2011 to December 2013. The network is a development and internationalisation of the Netværk for kulturvidenskabelige migrationsstudier initiated in 2010.
Peace and Collaborative Development Network
This is an excellent networking site which intends to “foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields.” Because it has over 15,980 members, this site is always updated. Noteworthy sections include the site’s blog network and the forums section. See, in particular, the “Scholarship, Fellowship Opportunities and Academic Programs.
Perpetrator Studies Network
The Perpetrator Studies Network is an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars and educators whose research and teaching centers on perpetrators of genocide, mass killing, and political violence. It provides a forum for scholarly discussions about and innovative research into perpetrators and perpetratorship across historical, geographic, and cultural lines.
Refugee Research Network
A network created for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers interested in refugee and forced migration issues. The network is not just designed to generate information, but to facilitate the ties among researchers through the creation of a “virtual research community.” This network has a particularly strong educational component. See the education tab for links to recommended undergraduate programs, Masters Programs, and PhD programs focusing on refugee issues. You may also want to participate in the various short online courses run by the network.
Transition and Justice in Egypt and Tunisia
A new website looking at issues of transition and justice in Egypt and Tunisia.