CfP: Theories for / of Transitional Justice

Theories for / of Transitional Justice
Panel Abstract
Processes of Transitional Justice (TJ) have become very popular amongst practitioners and academics alike. Over the past decade, academic journals and policy think tanks have mushroomed, and hardly a peace deal is struck without the request to establish a truth commission or a war crimes tribunal.

Theories for / of Transitional Justice
Panel Abstract
Processes of Transitional Justice (TJ) have become very popular amongst practitioners and academics alike. Over the past decade, academic journals and policy think tanks have mushroomed, and hardly a peace deal is struck without the request to establish a truth commission or a war crimes tribunal.
Against this backdrop it is almost surprising that the concept of transitional justice remains profoundly under-theorised. The objective of the panel is to bring together scholars who work on transitional justice using either a complementary theoretical approach or developing a theory of transitional justice itself. This might include theoretical approaches to identity construction and social change, critical or feminist theory, democratisation theory, discourse or normative theory, or theories of human rights or transitional justice. Through exploring analytical tools in order to better understand implementations, outcomes and impacts of transitional justice the panel shall address a number of intertwined questions: What theories of justice are being invoked? How can the process of social and political transition be conceptualised? How can the working of power relations be analysed? How can the process of identity constructions be understood? How does transitional justice relate to democratisation? How can the construction of international norms be understood? This shall be explored in purely theoretical as well as empirically sustained academic papers.
The 6th ECPR General Conference takes place at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik(25th – 27th Aug. 2011). For more information see: http://www.ecprnet.eu/conferences/general_conference/Reykjavik/
The Panel is part of the section: Human Rights and Transitional Justice in post-conflict societies and periods of democratization.
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The deadline for all proposals is 01 February 2011.

Panel Chair(s)
Name: Susanne Buckley-Zistel (s.buckley-zistel[at]staff.uni-marburg.de) – Panel Chair Institution: MARBURG, Philipps-Universität
Name: Friederike Mieth (mieth[at]staff.uni-marburg.de) – Panel Co-Chair Institution: MARBURG, Philipps-Universität
Name: Colm Campbell (c.campbell[at]ulster.ac.uk) – Panel Discussant Institution: Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster