The ASEEES meeting at Chicago Monday, Nov 27 2017 

I landed in Chicago on a sunny warm day, and left it after an unexpected snow. The ASEEES meeting was busy as usual, but our SRS annual general meeting was especially displeasing this year. What a single person can do to change the mood for everybody in the room?

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The last week of classes Monday, Nov 27 2017 

My PSCI 335 Human Rights and International Justice class today, at the end of a busy semester: tired, but still happy at the end of presentations and discussions about Madres, comfort women, shorn women, and child soldiers.

The Daily Courier on the UBCO workshop Friday, Nov 3 2017 

The workshop that will take place today at UBC Okanagan made it in the local newspaper for Kelowna. The article, titled “Discussion of historical memory, justice set for Friday at UBCO,” is available here: http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/news/article_46ddccaa-bf89-11e7-a562-1b2cffc4fec8.html.

Marcy’s alternative poster Wednesday, Nov 1 2017 

For my Faculty of Arts Lecture, Marcy graciously prepared two posters. I got a hold of the one that was not accepted, and therefore not distributed on campus. I like it as much as the other one, which ensured a large audience for that event. Thank you, Marcy!

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Berlin Wall Remnants in Nova Scotia Wednesday, Nov 1 2017 

Not sure whether a lot of people know that six pieces of the former Berlin Wall are now housed in Nova Scotia. Some years back they used to face the elements and the local strong, cold winds off the little downtown of Truro, a small town between Halifax and Cape Breton. But sometimes during the past few years they were all moved behind the Agricultural College in Bible Hill, a town adjacent to Truro. I had the chance to visit that site some weeks back. Monika Thakur was kind enough to take some photos.

The weather was mildly unfriendly, adding to the mysterious story behind these pieces’ journey overseas from Germany to Nova Scotia.

Roundtable at UBC Okanagan Thursday, Oct 26 2017 

Looking forward to insightful presentations and a lively debate at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Thanks to Brigitte Le Normand and Manuela Ungureanu for organizing this event.

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Open house at X Saturday, Oct 14 2017 

Wonderfully busy day at the Open House at X, with Political Science faculty and students.

October 19 – Faculty of Arts Lecture Friday, Oct 6 2017 

Happy to deliver the Faculty of Arts Lecture this semester. Marcy prepared a wonderful poster which we hope will draw a big crowd.

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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.”

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