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Agonistic memory and transitional justice

Stefan Berger

Memory cultures that are directed at achieving a social consensus by placing the emphasis on the victims’ perspective depoliticise remembering and are a blunt instrument in countering populist or neo-nationalist approaches. The concept of ‘agonistic memory’ is a response to this and an attempt to make political differences visible and negotiable once more.

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New Publication: Towards Inclusive Gender in Transitional Justice

19. Dec. 2019
Phillipp Schulz

While gender perspectives have become a burgeoning focus of analysis in transitional justice, the dominant conceptualization of ‘gender’ in the context of processes of dealing with the past is often an exclusive one, predominantly equated with ‘women and girls’. In a recent article in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, I argue that as a result of these foci, careful consideration for the roles of masculinities and for the experiences of sexual and gender minorities in post-conflict and transitional spaces remains strikingly absent. The article foregrounds numerous blind-spots and gaps in the growing literature on gender and transitional justice, and proposes conceptual and empirical opportunities for addressing them.

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La Comisión de la Verdad – The Voice of Those Who Cannot Speak

17. Dec. 2019
Linda Helfrich (GiZ) interviewed Carlos Martín Beristain

Carlos Martín Beristain is a Spanish doctor and psychologist from the Basque country, who has coordinated the Guatemala Nunca Más Report for the REMHI (Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica) project in Guatemala. In Colombia, he is one of eleven commissioners working for the Comisión de la Verdad (Truth Commission). The state commission was set up under the final peace agreement signed between the Colombian government and the FARC to end the conflict and build a stable and lasting peace. One of the commission's tasks is to clarify the patterns and causes of the internal armed conflict.

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Systematising conflict narratives and making them transparent – a precondition for …?

17. Dec. 2019
Interview with Dirk Splinter

inmedio analyses conflict narratives under laboratory conditions – be they the Western and Russian or the Russian and Ukrainian discourses about the recent past. But how does this work, and what happens to the results? We talk to Dirk Splinter.

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The Multidimensional Remembrance Monitor (3): An active engagement with the past is associated with a felt responsibility for the present

13. Dec. 2019
Michael Papendick and Dr. Jonas Rees

The culture of remembrance in Germany, widely appreciated internationally, is grounded in numerous state-funded institutions and an extremely vital civil society engagement. But what do we know about its impact on the attitudes of Germans?

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