Research Handbook on Transitional Justice Wednesday, Sep 20 2017 

Just received my own copy of Research Handbook on Transitional Justice, a title co-edited by Cheryl Lawther and Luke Moffett, as well as Dov Jacobs. Dov initiated the project some years ago, and insisted that I participate.

Providing detailed and comprehensive coverage of the transitional justice field, this Research Handbook brings together leading scholars and practitioners to explore how societies deal with mass atrocities after periods of dictatorship or conflict. Situating the development of transitional justice in its historical context, social and political context, it analyses the legal instruments that have emerged.

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Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union on the CUP website Sunday, Sep 10 2017 

Cynthia Horne and I send the manuscript of the co-edited book on Transitional Justice e and the Former Soviet Union to Cambridge University Press some weeks ago. CUP meanwhile developed a webpage for this title, available at: http://admin.cambridge.org/sb/academic/subjects/law/criminal-law/transitional-justice-and-former-soviet-union-reviewing-past-looking-toward-future?format=HB#zYBfC5DmxVgvWEzt.97. The expected publication date is June 2018, so maybe we will be able to present parts of this volume (at least the chapter on Moldova) at the SRS international conference in Bucharest.

The book is described as: “In the twenty-five years since the Soviet Union was dismantled, the countries of the Former Soviet Union have faced different circumstances and responded differently to the need to redress and acknowledge the communist past and the suffering of their people. While some have adopted transitional justice and accountability measures, others have chosen to reject them; these choices have directly affected state building and societal reconciliation efforts. This is the most comprehensive account to date of post-Soviet efforts to address, distort, ignore, or recast the past through the use, manipulation, and obstruction of transitional justice measures and memory politics initiatives. Editors Cynthia M. Horne and Lavinia Stan have gathered contributions by top scholars in the field, allowing the disparate post-communist studies and transitional justice scholarly communities to come together and reflect on the past and its implications for the future of the region.”

Hidden Galleries project Sunday, Sep 10 2017 

The Hidden Galleries project is based at the University College Cork. Dr. James Kapalo is the heart and soul of the project, which is funded by European Research Council. The Creative Agency and Religious Minorities: ‘Hidden Galleries’ in the Secret Police Archives in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe comparative research project, which runs for four years, explores the presence of material religion in the secret police archives in Romania, Hungary and Moldova, offering a perspectival shift on the value and uses of the secret police archives away from questions of justice and truth to questions of creative agency and cultural patrimony.

I am more than happy to serve as ethics reviewer for this project, which involves a dynamic team, which also includes Drs. Anca Since and Kinga Povedak, as well as doctoral candidates Iuliana Cindrea and Dumitru Lisnic. I am looking forward to the panels and presentations the team will deliver at the June 2018 international conference that the Society of Romanian Studies organizes in Bucharest at the Academy of Economic Sciences (ASE).

IMG_5573The project also has a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218071948262287/.

Cultures of History Forum Sunday, Sep 10 2017 

Honoured to become an Advisory Board member of the Cultures of History Forum in Germany, whose September 4 meeting was most illuminating and engaging. The Forum is an online journal part of the ‘History and the Public Sphere’ research stream at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. It is concerned with “how the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, which more than any other European region have been shaped by the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, address and negotiate their histories in public. Such negotiation is a continuous process that takes place in different spheres: the cultural, social and political.”

The Forum invites contributions along “three key areas of concern: museums and exhibitions; public debates and controversies; and official acts and government programmes.” It encourages experts from the region, and experts studying the region from outside of it, to examine “the ways in which history is presented through images and visual representations in museums and exhibitions,” to investigate local media-based debates over historical issues and diverging interpretations of the 20th century past, and to “look into specific political acts, legislation or programmes carried out in order to strengthen specific historical interpretations or narratives and/or to weaken others.”

More information is available on the Forum‘s website, at http://www.cultures-of-history.uni-jena.de/home/.

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September 25 – deadline for submissions for the 2018 SRS conference Saturday, Sep 2 2017