Representation in and of Transitional Justice: Cambodia and Beyond
On 26 and 27 April 2018, the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice’s Critical Approaches to International Critical Law (CAICL) research cluster hosted a workshop on representation and transitional justice. This workshop explored questions of aesthetics as they relate to transitional justice in both the specific context of Cambodia and more generally in post-conflict societies.
In this two-day workshop, participants analysed, and critiqued, representations of conflict and post-conflict from an inter-disciplinary perspective. In particular, utilizing images provided by participants, the group explored the ethics of representation, whether this is restricted and informed by a disciplinary perspective or by cross-disciplinary concerns.
Questions discussed were:
- How do Law and Art construct notions of victims of conflict?
- How do they write complementing or contradictory histories?
- In what way do these two exercise authority in terms of the construction of a historical narrative about victims of conflict?
- In how far do they play a role in dealing with the trauma of conflict and in the transitioning of a society?
- Is there a development case to be made for moving from a narrative of passive victimhood to active agents?
- What is specific about Cambodia and what can be transferred to other post-conflict societies?
- Christine Schwöbel-Patel, University of Liverpool (organizer)
- Randle DeFalco, University of Liverpool (organizer)
- Savina Sirik, University of Gothenburg/Documentation Center of Cambodia
- Kunthy Seng, SOAS/Documentation Center of Cambodia
- Peter Shirlow, University of Liverpool, Irish Studies
- Deger Ozkaramanli, University of Liverpool, School of Engineering
- Sarah Jankowitz, University of Liverpool, Irish Studies
- Claire Pierson, University of Liverpool, Politics
- Gemma Bird, University of Liverpool, Politics
- Juliette Doman, University of Liverpool, Latin American Studies/Law
- Ronald Roberts, University of Liverpool, Law (commencing September 2018)
- Alex Batesmith, University of Liverpool, Law