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

ISBN 9780367564148
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
252 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents





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


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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.