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2nd Institute for African Transitional Justice

20-27 novembre 2011
Refugee Law Project, Makerere University, and the African Transitional Justice Research Network, Kitgum, Uganda

The Refugee Law Project (RLP), Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in collaboration with the African Transitional Justice Research Network (ATJRN) is accepting applications to its 2nd Institute for African Transitional Justice (IATJ), an annual week-long residential programme with a focus on Transitional Justice issues in the context of Africa. The Institute, which is scheduled to take place from 20th – 27th November 2011, in Kitgum, Northern Uganda has as its theme : “Whose Memories Count and at What Cost ?”

Memory and memorialization have been chosen as the focus of the 2011 IATJ due to the powerful, albeit highly politicized role, memory plays in the analysis of the past, which invariably influences e the interpretation of the present. The ever-increasing prominence of memorials throughout post -conflict societies in Africa is motivated by the recognition that memory makes demands on us to uncover the “truth” and search for justice. It calls for societies to critically re-examine and reconcile with a painful, often contested past. It gives us an opportunity to record multiple narratives, which can be preserved as a public record in museums and memorials. Memorialization, where ethically and conscientiously conducted, has the potential to raise awareness of the forgotten, carelessly omitted, or simply neglected. The forthcoming Institute seeks to explore the tension between the loud and quiet, the weak and powerful elements of the past : whose memories attain prominence and why, and by implication whose memories are omitted ; consequently, what impact does a memorialization process have on identity formation and citizenship ? Which stakeholders should be involved in decisions relating to memory-work ; what role should these actors play in the memorialization process ? How does a society build a more inclusive historical narrative in the light of resource constraints ? Should development and memorialization intersect ; does this enhance or compromise the prospects for sustainable peace ? What contribution does memorialization make to reconciliation within communities ? Is there a place for memorialization within the education sector ?

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Publié le 19 octobre 2011

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