Transitional justice from above and below? A global comparative perspective. Lectur 3; Transitional justice and the power of memory politics

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska Parken, Eng2-1076
  • Lecturer: Johanna Mannergren Selimović, Utrikespolitiska institutet
  • Organiser: Hugo Valentin-centrum
  • Contact person: Holly Guthrey
  • Phone: 018-471 7589
  • Föreläsning

Transitional justice and the power of memory politics

This open lecture series will speak to the ongoing debate in the field of transitional justice regarding whether it is best to pursue post-conflict justice and reconciliation strategies from the top-down or bottom-u, i.e. should states or international organizations lead these efforts, or should they be developed and implemented by local, grassroots actors. In an effort to build across regional borders, inducing case studies from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Jerusalem, Rwanda and Solomon Islands. Each lecture will reflect on important questions surrounding the possible risks and benefits of pursuing transitional justice from above or below.

Johanna Mannergren Selimović holds a PhD in Peace and Development Research from the School of Global Studies at University of Gothenburg. She is Associate Professor and a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Her research concerns peace processes with a focus on memory politics, transitional justice, gender, everyday peace and urban dimensions of peacebulidning. She takes an interest in the encounter between international interventions and local practices and discourses, and has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda and Jerusalem.