Session 3

Friday, February 28, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein 219)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Study Group
Transitional Justice

Spring 2014
Sesssion 3

Session Title/Topic:

"Engaging Rural, Displaced, and Diasporic Communities
in Transitional Justice”


Courtney E. Cole, PhD
Lecturer of English and Media Studies at Bentley University

Session Overview:

While there has been a “local turn” in our understanding of what constitutes transitional justice, the persistence of a local/global binary captures neither the complexity of post-conflict contexts, nor the variety of options available in the aftermath of mass violence. In this discussion, we will reflect on how, when, where, and why to engage communities in the process of transitional justice. Drawing on field research on community-based transitional justice in rural Sierra Leone and Liberian truth commission’s diaspora activities, as well as a case study about displaced persons in Liberia’s transition, we will consider how community-based transitional justice can provide a complement or alternative to international- and state-level activities like criminal trials and truth commissions.

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More about Courtney E. Cole:

Courtney E. Cole, PhD, is a lecturer of English and Media Studies at Bentley University. Her scholarship focuses on the communicative organizing of transitional justice and peacebuilding, primarily through the lens of narrative and postcolonial theory.