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Memorials in Times of Transition

Book | 1st edition 2014 | United Kingdom | Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Stefanie Schäfer

Over the past decades, the practise of and research on transitional justice have expanded to preserving memory in the form of memorials.

Memorials often employ a common architectural language and a set of political and ethical claims dictate the effect memory can or should have after large-scale violence: providing public sites of commemoration and mourning, putting past wrongs right, holding perpetrators accountable, vindicating the dignity of victims-survivors and contributing to reconciliation.

Yet what are the general roles of memorials in transitions to justice? Who uses or opposes memorials, and to which ends? How – and what – do memorials communicate both explicitly and implicitly to the public? What is their architectural language? Questions such as these have long been pursued within the growing field of memory studies and provide valuable insights for researchers in transitional justice who mostly focus on the role of memorials as a mechanism to further some form of justice after the experience of violence.

The goal of this volume is therefore to situate the analysis of transitional justice within memory studies’ broader critical understanding of the socio-political, aesthetic and ethical concerns underlying these memorial projects. It combines the two by providing a transnational selection of single case-studies that emphasise the global dimension of memory culture while couching it in current debates in the field of transitional justice.

About the book
‘The collection has been well-selected to bring together a variety of perspectives on memorialisation practices and outcomes. [The] content makes a valuable and overdue contribution, bringing together two fields that have developed in parallel and with a lot to contribute to one another.’
Alison Atkinson-­‐Phillips in Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory (2014).

‘Memorials in Times of Transition represents an important and timely contribution to an emerging field of research […]
This important volume is a significant step towards understanding the drive towards memorialization in diverse post-conflict contexts, the political impact of memorials and how memorialization intersects with other efforts towards coming to terms with difficult pasts.’
Sara Jones in Testimony (2015)

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780682112 / 9781780685717
Series name Series on Transitional Justice
Weight 565 g
Status Available
Number of pages xii + 246 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Feb 28, 2014
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of Contents
  • Memorials in Times of Transition
  • Chapter 1. Memorialisation in Post-conflict Societies in Africa: Potentials and Challenges
  • Chapter 2. Reflecting the Fractured Past: Memorialisation, Transitional Justice and the Role of Outsiders
  • Chapter 3. Alétheia and the Making of the World: Inner and Outer Dimensions of Memorials in Rwanda
  • Chapter 4. Detained in the Memorial Hohenschönhausen: Heterotopias, Narratives and Transitions from the Stasi Past in Germany
  • Chapter 5. Stories of Beginnings and Endings: Settler Colonial Memorials in Australia
  • Chapter 6. Manicured Nails but Shackled Hands? The Representation of Women in Northern Ireland’s Post-conflict Memory
  • Chapter 7. The Srebrenica-Potoèari Memorial: Promoting (In)Justice?
  • Chapter 8. Memorials, Memorialisation and Social Action in Santiago de Chile
  • Chapter 9. Commemorating the Famine as Genocide: The Contested Meanings of Holodomor Memorials in Ukraine
  • About the Authors