Transitional Justice and Memory
This course explores the convergence of violence and memory in the context of postconflict societies through the use of case studies and the theoretical questions they raise. Does each society implement its own unique structure for dealing with mass atrocity and human rights, or can we examine individual and collective trauma through a cross-cultural lens? This course draws from classic and modern texts to analyze the ways in which postconflict societies shape collective memory through various transitional justice mechanisms, such as memorials, truth commissions, and courts. We will draw from examples in countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia, in addition to historical examples such as the Holocaust, the Cambodian genocide, and the war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.
You'll Walk Away with
- The ability to identify key actors, events, processes, and lessons learned relating to memory and transitional justice
- Demonstrable skills in analysis, critical thinking, research, writing, oral presentations, and group work
- Students and practitioners interested in human rights who seek a greater understanding of the relationship among transitional justice, human rights, and memory
- Human rights advocates and activists who seek historical context for current debates