1st Edition

Remembrance and Forgiveness Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Mass Violence

Edited By Ajlina Karamehić-Muratović, Laura Kromják Copyright 2021
    252 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An enquiry into the social science of remembrance and forgiveness in global episodes of genocide and mass violence during the post-Holocaust era, this volume explores the ways in which remembrance and forgiveness have changed over time and how they have been used in more recent cases of genocide and mass violence. With case studies from Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Africa, Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Chechnya, the volume avoids a purely legal perspective to open the interpretation of post-genocidal societies, communities, and individuals to global and interdisciplinary perspectives that consider not only forgiveness and thus social harmony, but remembrance and disharmony. This volume will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in memory studies, genocide, remembrance, and forgiveness.





    Beth Pike


    Ajlina Karamehić-Muratović and Laura Kromják

    1. Aboriginal History: Amnesia and Absolution

    Colin Tatz

    2. Remembrance and Renewal at Tuluwat: Returning to the Center of the World

    Kerri J. Malloy

    3. Merits and Shortcomings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Heribert Adam and Kanya Adam

    4. Commemoration and Healing: Finding a Balance between State and Local Mechanisms for Dealing with the Historical Wounds of the 1965 Anti-Communist Violence in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia

    Mery Kolimon

    5. The Red Terror of the Derg Regime: Memorialization of Mass Killings in Ethiopia

    Elias O. Opongo

    6. Memory and Ways to Represent Judgments against Cases of Genocide in Argentina: A Concept to Analyze the Written Press

    Natalia Paola Crocco

    7. Genocide Memorialization and Gendered Remembrance in Guatemala and Cambodia

    JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz and Martha C. Galvan Mandujano

    8. Reconciling a Divided Society through Truth, Memory and Forgiveness: Lessons from El Salvador and Guatemala

    Joshua R. Snyder

    9. The Politics of Forgiveness and Bearing Witness after a Genocidal War: Three Short Films from Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Keith Doubt

    10. Competing Narratives of Destruction and Development: The Politicization of Memory in Post-Genocide Rwanda

    Sterling Recker

    11. Assessing the Many Faces of Transitional Justice in Timor-Leste

    Suranjan Weeraratne

    12. Pomnit’ nel’zja zabyt’: Remembering and Forgetting the Wars in Post-Soviet Chechnya

    Aude Merlin

    13. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word": Israeli Peace-Oriented NGOs Lack of Apologetic Discourse

    Yuval Benziman

    14. Forgiveness Education: Rationalization among Arab Educators in the Middle East

    Ilham Nasser and Mohammed Abu-Nimer

    15. South Sudan: Difficult Road to Remembrance and Forgiveness

    Alfred Sebit Lokuji

    16. Violent Recall: Genocide Memories, Literary Representation, and Cosmopolitan Memory

    Pramod K. Nayar


    David Pettigrew



    Ajlina Karamehić-Muratović is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

    Laura Kromják is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Tomori Pál College, Budapest, Hungary.