Localising Memory in Transitional Justice
The Dynamics and Informal Practices of Memorialisation after Mass Violence and Dictatorship
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This collection adds to the critical transitional justice scholarship that calls for ‘transitional justice from below’ and that makes visible the complex and oftentimes troubled entanglements between justice endeavours, locality, and memory-making. Broadening this perspective, it explores informal memory practices across various contexts with a focus on their individual and collective dynamics and their intersections, reaching also beyond a conceptualisation of memory as mere symbolic reparation and politics of memory.
It seeks to highlight the hidden, unwritten, and multifaceted in today’s memory boom by focusing on the memorialization practices of communities, activists, families, and survivors. Organising its analytical focal point around the localisation of memory, it offers valuable and new insights on how and under what conditions localised memory practices may contribute to recognition and social transformation, as well as how they may at best be inclusive, or exclusive of dynamic and diverse memories.
Drawing on inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches, this book brings an in-depth and nuanced understanding of local memory practices and the dynamics attached to these in transitional justice contexts. It will be of much interest to students and scholars of memory and genocide studies, peace and conflict studies, transitional justice, sociology, and anthropology.
Table of Contents
Part I. Of Memory and Transitional Justice – Setting the Stage 1. Introduction (Mina Rauschenbach, Julia Viebach and Stephan Parmentier) 2. Memorialisation between recognition and reconciliation (Ingrid Samset) Part 2: Localised Memory and Transitional Justice – Dynamics between the Formalised Transitional Justice Script, State-led Remembrance and Informal Memory Practices 3. Living memories: rethinking truth-telling processes (Jackson Odong) 4. Nationalised commemoration and the micro-politics of remembering ‘the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi’ in Rwanda (Erin Jessee) 5. Informal commemoration in post-war Burundi: exploring the usefulness and the limits of the concept (Andrea Purdeková) 6. Divergent meaning of transitional justice principles: A Kosovo case study of social memory and incomplete transitional justice in the context of missing persons (Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers and Melanie Klinkner) 7. Local memory, local healing: the politics of memorialisation and justice in post-war Sri Lanka (Radhika Hetti) 8. Alternative memories, a story of struggle and resistance in Chile (Anita Ferrara) Part 3: Informal Memory Practices in Transitional Justice – Memory Activism, Mnemonic Spaces and Ritual Practices 9. Localised memory at Rwanda’s genocide memorials: the practice of care-taking (Julia Viebach) 10. Remembering the wars of the 1990s in Serbia: generational shifts in memory activism and local mnemonic practices (Orli Fridman) 11. Missing people, missing stories in the aftermath of genocide: gaps, absences and silences in trans-local contexts (Hariz Halilovich)
Mina Rauschenbach is based at the University of Lausanne; Julia Viebach is at the University of Oxford; and Stephan Parmentier is based at KU Leuven.