First transitional justice textbook in print Wednesday, Nov 23 2016 

The first textbook in the field, An Introduction to Transitional Justice, published by Routledge (, is available now in bookstores. The textbook was put together by Olivera Simic with contributions on a diverse range of relevant topics. I authored the chapter on “Lustration and Vetting,” which gave me the opportunity to review those methods once again. This is a great addition that should be of interest to students and faculty members alike!

The Routledge website promotes the book: “An Introduction to Transitional Justice provides the first comprehensive overview of transitional justice judicial and non-judicial measures implemented by societies to redress legacies of massive human rights abuse. Written by some of the leading experts in the field it takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the subject, addressing the dominant transitional justice mechanisms as well as key themes and challenges faced by scholars and practitioners. Using a wide historic and geographic range of case studies to illustrate key concepts and debates, and featuring discussion questions and suggestions for further reading, this is an essential introduction to the subject for students.”

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Transitional Justice, Anja Mihr  

2. The Development of Transitional Justice, Andrew Reiter  

3. Intermational Criminal Justice, Rachel Kerr  

4. Gender and Transitional Justice, Annika Björkdahl and Johanna Mannegren Selimovic  

5. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Agata Fijalkowski  

6. Amnesty, Agata Fijalkowski  

7. Lustration and Vetting, Lavinia Stan  

8. Local Transitional Justice: Customary Law, Healing Rituals, and Everyday Justice, Lars Waldorf

9. Reparations, Jemima Garcia-Godos  

10. Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding, Lia Kent  

11. Arts and Transitional Justice, Olivera Simić 

12. Memorials and Transitional Justice, Annika Björkdahl and Susanne Buckley-Zistel 

13. Measuring the Success (or Failure) of Transitional Justice, Andy Reiter  

14. Doing the Fieldwork: Well-being of Transitional Justice Researchers, Olivera Simić


Why no Havel in Romania? Friday, Nov 4 2016 

Cristian Patrasconiu did an excellent job polling various intellectuals and university professors. The question was: Why Romania had no Havel? I did my part, although in retrospect I could have wrote more. But I was told to limit myself to 1,500 characters, which seemed like a hard constraint at the time.

The responses are available here:

New title published in the Romanian Studies SRS-Polirom book collection Thursday, Nov 3 2016 

Polirom, the largest academic publisher in Romania, is about to publish the translation of a book by historian Alex Drace-Francis. The volume is the third in the Romanian Studies book collection sponsored by the Society of Romanian Studies and Polirom.

Alfabetizare, modernizare institutionala, dezvoltarea unei literaturi nationale, formarea unui stat independent: iata citeva fenomene asociate de mult cu experienta istorica romaneasca din secolele al XVIII-lea si al XIX-lea. Dar care este relatia dintre ele, cum s-au influentat reciproc si in ce context global si-au facut aparitia? Alex Drace-Francis propune o reevaluare critica a proceselor de creare a institutiilor culturale si educationale in Principatele Romane si in Vechiul Regat, in lumina teoriilor recente din stiintele sociale. De-a lungul a douazeci de capitole concise, dar intemeiate pe o ampla cercetare a surselor interne si externe, Alex Drace-Francis ofera o prezentare originala a principalelor linii de dezvoltare si in acelasi timp o serie de contributii noi la dezbaterile istoriografice internationale privind educatia, cultura tiparului, formarea statului si identitatea nationala.

More information is available at:



SRS Fall 2016 Newsletter out Thursday, Nov 3 2016 

After almost one full year, our Newsletter is again published. Ana Fumurescu and Cristina Plamadeala, the new SRS Newsletter Editors, have worked diligently over the past weeks to put together an interesting and informative issue. Many thanks for them for all their work!



SRS general annual meeting coming soon Tuesday, Nov 1 2016 

For all SRS members out there, the general annual meeting is an important event where the officers of the Society provide summaries of their work over the year and the members can propose new programs, and raise other concerns. This year, as in previous years, we are holding our SRS general annual meeting at the ASEEES meeting in Washington, DC. We are scheduled for Friday, November 18 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm in Wardman DC Marriott, Mezzanine, McKinley. The meeting will be presided by Prof. Margaret Beissinger from Princeton University, who is serving as the Vice-President of the SRS. I hope we’ll have a large audience and a good discussion!