When apartheid ended a little more than a decade ago, South Africa instituted a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC)to allow stories of abuse to be publicly told, to address human rights abuses, and to rehabilitate the dignity of its victims. With this image in mind, chapter proposals are sought for a peer-reviewed book on the possibility of reconciliation and/or reparations for individuals living in Sudan anytime after the country received its independence from Great Britain to the present. Who would declare themselves as victims or injured parties? What types of grievances would specific individuals or groups seek to address? Who (or what) would be responsible for making things right? How might the harm experienced by victims be remedied? Might a particular group seek to integrate ceremonial rituals in a modern day Sudanese TRC? The preceding are examples of some of the questions that contributors might ask themselves.
Scholars of political science, sociology, religion, history, criminology and anthropology are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract. However, contributions from other fields (such as linguistics, engineering, economics, etc…) will also be considered.
Each contribution MUST:
• Focus on one or more events occurring in Sudan between 1970 and the present.
• Focus on a specific victimized group (e.g. any tribe, women, children, litigants, international relief workers, refugees, missionaries, slaves, gays/lesbians).
•Specify the particular harm believed to have been done to persons, property and/or lifestyle.
• Identify all offending entities (e.g. the Government of Sudan, the SPLA/M, a tribe, a non-governmental organization, company or industry, country, religious organization) in cases where multiple agents have allegedly contributed to harm.
• Recommend a specific type of restitution and/or form of reparation meant to heal or bring closure to the victimized group.
Please send an abstract (500-750 words) and a brief biographical statement by September 1, 2008. A publisher is being sought for the collection. Full chapters (5000-7000 words) will be due for submission in late 2008.
Teresa A. Booker, Ph.D.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
445 W. 59th Street
New York, NY 10019 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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