Call for 500 word abstracts, deadline: March 1st, History of Communism in Europe Vol. 4 (2013)
The forthcoming issue of History of Communism in Europe will focus on the topic of Transitional Justice and Civil Societies after Dictatorial Regimes. The growing field of transitional justice addresses the strategies employed by states, private actors and international organizations to deal with past human rights violations and to produce social reconciliation after the breakdown of dictatorial regimes. This volume explores the ways in which civil society influenced and conducted transitional justice processes in various post-dictatorial societies from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. It tries to answer a series of questions such as: What was the role and influence of civil society in conceiving and implementing transitional justice mechanisms in various national contexts? What particular combination of actors, policies and judicial settings favors or obstructs transitional justice? What is the relationship between civil society, politics and justice in transition periods? How much and how successfully national civil societies, norms and initiatives have interacted (in various geographical areas and epochs) with international ones in attempts to make transitional justice? To what extent various domestic civil societies were part of global civil society networks, which promote universal human rights norms, and to what extent this global integration helped the transitional accountability process?
Papers may address topics such as:
Role and influence of civil society in advocating and implementing transitional justice mechanisms
Transitional justice as a social movement
Relationship between domestic, international and transnational civil society in transitional justice processes
International civil society and transitional justice processes
Impact of transitional justice mechanisms on civil society
Role of art and mass-media in transitional justice
Engagement of religious actors in transitional justice processes
Womens groups and transitional justice
Ideally, the authors should address the topics in question from a comparative perspective, but understudied national cases are also welcome.
The contributors are kindly asked to write abstracts that do not exceed 500 words. Deadline: March 1st, 2013. You may submit your proposals at: firstname.lastname@example.org Selected authors will be notified by March 15th. The deadline for the final draft of the paper is May 1st, 2013.
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