“Truth Commissions: State Terror, History, and Memory.”
Radical History Review Thematic Issue Call for Publications
The Radical History Review is soliciting scholarship and critical essays for a thematic issue entitled “Truth Commissions: State Terror, History, and Memory.” This issue will bring together articles on the role of history in the truth and reconciliation commissions, as well as other juridical and political mechanisms, established in the wake of civil wars, state terror, genocide, and racial violence, as in the case of the United States. The issue will be comparative, with possible articles on Rwanda, South Africa, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Europe, and the United States among other possible countries and regions.
In particular we are interested in articles on the following themes and questions:
How are transitions to democratic rule and the historical truths produced by commissions in the wake of state terror, civil war, and genocide shaped by the imperatives of neo-liberal economic reform, national unity, and political stability? What is the relationship of truth commissions to nationalism? What is the role of commissions in the establishment of polities? How do truth and reconciliation commissions define and distinguish between different forms of violence? What is the relationship between personal memories and public memories built in articulation to history and national demands for unity? What role do commemorations, museums, and other forms of public history and memory, “memory sites,” play in building collective memories and national histories? What is the role of social movements and human rights organizations in shaping, opposing, and building alternative histories to the histories produced by truth commissions? How have gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity been accounted for in the histories produced by the commissions? What is the historical genealogy of human rights as a juridical category?
Submissions are not restricted to traditional research articles. We welcome short essays, documents, photo essays, art and illustrations, interviews, teaching resources, including syllabi for courses, and reviews of books and exhibits.
Materials should conform to the RHR style guidelines available at http://chnm.gmu.edu/rhr/internal/styleguide.htm and should be submitted electronically, preferably in Microsoft WORD or rich text formats.
Submission deadline is December 15, 2005. Acceptance for publication contingent on internal and external review.
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