The colloquium, ‘Literature, democracy and transitional justice’, held in Oxford 18-20 March 2018, is part of the second phase (2017-2020) in the activities of the international research network, ‘GDRI Literature and Democracy (19th-21st centuries): Theoretical, Historical and Comparative Approaches’. It brought together participants from over a dozen countries to address specific situations of transitional justice across the globe, including Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Columbia, Tunisia, South Africa, Rwanda, Taiwan, Algeria and former Yugoslavia. The event opens dialogue between scholars working on authoritarian systems and democratic transitions in the fields of literary studies, history, philosophy and law. The colloquium features the Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer. Sponsored by St John’s College; GDRI Literature and Democracy (19th-21st centuries); Maison Française Oxford; DEMOCRACY (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid) and Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation. Conveners: Mohamed-Salah Omri (St John’s College, Oxford); Philippe Roussin (HESS, Paris); Agnès Delage (Aix-Marseille)
Procès, fiction, document: La reconstruction de la littérature en Europe après 1945
26:49This paper explores the relationship between testimony and fiction in the context of transitional justice, by comparing three 1950 European literary works which use the form of interrogation, investigation, and trial.
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Voices of Suffering: The Incorporation of Victim Testimony in Judgements of the ICTY
23:49This paper examines the use of victim testimony by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, discussing the role of ‘humanitarian narratives’ in our understanding of the wars of Yugoslav succession.
The Irreverence of Bones: Reclaiming Trashed Lives in the Aftermath of Violence in Adios Ayacucho (1984) and Insensatez (2004)
27:41By analysing two Latin American fictional narratives, this paper explores the metaphors of humanity as waste and memory as cleansing in the context of transitional justice.
Alternative Account, Mourning Family and Transformation into Life: Three Contemporary Artworks related to the Event of 28 February 1947 in Taiwan
50:09The paper discusses three contemporary Taiwanese artworks related to the tragic events of 28 February in Taiwan, presenting their emphasis on victims as crucial in understanding the process of transitional justice.
Une démocratie sans justice transitionnelle: refoulement, silence et oubli dans le pacte de dénégation de l’Espagne de la transition
29:49This paper is a study of transitional justice in Spain after the Francoist dictatorship, a process of reconciliation based on the denial of the regime’s genocidal violence.