1st Edition

Masculinities and Queer Perspectives in Transitional Justice

Edited By Philipp Schulz, Brandon Hamber, Heleen Touquet Copyright 2025
    400 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book addresses the theory and practice of transitional justice through the lens of masculinities and queer perspectives.

    What and where are the intersections between masculinities and queer theories and frameworks for better understanding lived experiences of violence, justice and transitions? How can masculinities and queer perspectives enhance and ‘complexify’ our understandings of the intersections between gender, sexualities, armed conflict and (post-)conflict transitions? Incorporating masculinities and queer perspectives in transitional justice in tandem, and alongside one another, this book contributes empirically, conceptually and methodologically to an exploration of gender in processes of dealing with violent pasts. More specifically, and by taking on the task of combining, bringing into conversation and utilizing both masculinities and queer perspectives, the book aims to facilitate and contribute towards more inclusive, holistic and intersectional approaches of gender in dealing with the past.

    This book will appeal to scholars and students working in the areas of transitional justice, gender studies and socio-legal studies.

    Section 1: Seeking Intersections between Masculinities and Queer Perspectives in Transitional Justice 

    1. Introduction: Masculinities and Queer Perspectives in Transitional Justice

    Philipp Schulz, Brandon Hamber, Heleen Touquet and Giulia Messmer 

    2. Transitional Justice and Masculinities: A Critical Mapping of the Field

    Brandon Hamber, Philipp Schulz, Heleen Touquet and Giulia Messmer 

    3. Queering Transitional Justice: Reviewing the Field of Transitional Justice and Looking Towards Queer Possibilities

    Katherine Fobear 

    Section 2: Theories, Processes and Practices - Towards Inclusive Gender in TJ 

    4. ‘Queering’ Transitional Justice from African Decolonial Perspectives?

    Katharina Hoffmann and Thokozani Mbwana 

    5. Linking a Queer Legal Theoretical Perspective and Transitional Justice: Challenges and Possibilities

    E. Irem Aki 

    6. The Heterosexual System Denuded: Ecuador’s Truth Commission

    Pascha Bueno-Hansen 

    7. Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in Colombia: Institutionalized and Challenged Meanings of Gender

    Anika Oettler 

    Section 3: Gendering Justice and Transitions across Contexts 

    8. Justice and Forced Marriage and Pregnancy in Wartime: A Gender Inclusive Approach

    Camile Oliveira and Erin Baines 

    9. Delineating Perpetratorhood: On Race, Masculinities and Fighting Impunity for Sexual Violence in DRC

    Chloé Lewis and Susanne Alldèn 

    10. Croatian Veteran Masculinities and Exclusive Narratives: Points of Identification with the ‘Myth of the Homeland War’ in the 2010s

    Catherine Baker and Heleen Touquet 

    11. Possibilities and Improbabilities: Reflections on ‘Queering’ Transitional Justice in Colombia and Lebanon/Syria

    Henri Myrttinen, Laura Camila Barrios Sabogal and Charbel Maydaa 

    Section 4: Beyond Violation-Centric Views

    12. Queering Transitional Justice from Below: Some Inputs from Queer Masculinities

    José Fernando Serrano-Amaya 

    13. Reclaiming the Post-War Self: Masculinities, Political Prisoners, and Transitional Justice in El Salvador

    Ursula Mosqueira 

    14. Mind and Body: Civilian Enactment of Masculinity in the North of Ireland and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

    Seamus Campbell 

    15. Civilian and Caring Masculinities and the Questions of Justice in Kashmir

    Amya Agarwal 

    16. Queering Post-War Transitions: Exploring Queer Potentials of the ‘Butterfly for Democracy’ Movement in Sri Lanka

    Thiyargarja Waradas 

    17. Concluding Thoughts and Calls to Action

    Heleen Touquet, Philipp Schulz, Pascha Bueno-Hansen, José Fernando Serrano-Amaya, Brandon Hamber, Katherine Fobear


    Philipp Shulz is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) at the University of Bremen, Germany.

    Brandon Hamber is John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University, United Kingdom.

    Heleen Touquet is Researcher and Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium.