#Diversity/Dialogue (RSS)

Red lights and diapraxis

15. Nov. 2019
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Dana Jirouš

“I saw that it was possible to create conditions in which we can show our feelings without killing each other.” Talking to each other and engaging in joint action in the midst of a violent conflict – this project has been bringing together women from Ukraine, Russia and other European countries since 2015."

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Painful truths need skilled communicators

23. Sep. 2019
Ulrike Schmid

Talking about oppression, anger, experiences of humiliation, even violence and torture so that others recognise these realities without resisting or justifying themselves: skilled communicators can do this. The German Government should assist key stakeholders at the local level to develop these capacities – with external process facilitation as protective support.

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For pragmatic holism: History and memory in conflict transformation

22. Aug. 2019
Andrea Zemskov-Züge, Beatrix Austin

The German Government, researchers and practitioners engaged in dealing with the past should think beyond the Joinet Principles. They must critically challenge social and political narratives and strengthen empathy and dialogue capacities – just as much as justice – in conflict-affected societies.

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The crisis of transitional justice: an opportunity for history work

Constantin Goschler

Transitional justice is in crisis. With the end of “the West”, not only has it lost its normative frame of reference; it is also accused of being a project of the cosmopolitan elite. Transitional justice actors must therefore defend and justify its values with credibility. History work should make use of the potential afforded by public history.

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There Are More Than Victims and Former Combatants

05. Aug. 2019
Ljubinka Petrovic-Ziemer

In transitional justice contexts, court verdicts often do not enjoy universal acceptance. Thus, Germany should promote the interplay between judicial and non-judicial mechanisms to increase trust in the judgements. Also, the German approach has to overcome the binary of victims and perpetrators and foster the public participation of a much broader spectrum of actors in transitional justice processes.

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