|Semester and Year||SP 2014|
|Time||6:20 PM - 9:00 PM|
Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From Antigone to the Nuremberg trials, there have been many efforts to grapple with the demands of law and the persistence of memory in the aftermath of war. This class will study trials, truth commissions, reparation programs, memorials and literary interventions that seek to engage with this challenge. This class examines the enabling conditions and (intended and unintended) consequences of the turn to transitional justice in international human rights. Reading some of the most important critical interventions of the last decade, the class will collectively analyze how different approaches to dealing with the legacies of war negotiate, challenge or legitimize different actors, institutions and alternative imaginings of 'justice.' The course is open to graduate students; advanced undergraduates are permitted with the permission of the instructor. There is a lot of reading for the course (10 books)—virtually a book a week for most weeks—so those interested should be able to manage that reading load. This is not a survey course that provides an overview of transitional justice norms, laws and institutions. Rather, it seeks to analyze the transitional justice field through engagements with theorists from multiple disciplines, including international law, political theory, history and anthropology. Readings include Sophocles, Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, Kamari Clark, Ruti Teitel, Rosalind Shaw and others.
Graduate Electives (ELEC-GG)