Transitional Justice Network research

Transitional Justice and the arts

Research area chair: Sanja Bahun, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies

As a multidisciplinary field, transitional justice finds in the arts a catalyst mechanism, and an important information and reparation tool to support societies in transition. Literature, film, and performance, for example, have been a good instrument to document atrocities committed by abusive regimes but also to offer interpretations on reconciliation processes. As cathartic experiences and ways for memoralisation and remembrance, works of art have frequently given voice to the victims to tell their story or to evaluate the transitional justice mechanisms in their society. This new, interdisciplinary area of inquiry seeks to bridge disciplines and shed light on the changing role of art in societies in transition.