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I. Introduction: Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice

September 24, 2020

This is the record of “Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice I" a past event.

Introduction to creative approaches to transitional justice

What are the distinctive contributions of arts, oral history performance, and other aspects of culture to transitional justice?

Explore the contributions of arts, oral history, and culture to communities and societies in transition, based on the March 2020 special issue of The International Journal of Transitional Justice. Discuss implications of examples from many regions for transitional justice processes and possibilities -- particularly in Colombia, in relation to the legacy of slavery in the United States, and in relation to the Rohingya people of Myanmar.

Luis Sotelo Castro
, Concordia: Welcome; Overview of the series and transitional justice processes in Colombia

Cynthia Cohen, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Brandeis University, and IMPACT: "Re-imagining Transitional Justice"


Claudia Bernardi, Professor at California College of the Arts (USA), Walls of Hope: "The Disappeared are Appearing: Murals that Recover Communal Memory" in Argentina

Juan Pablo Aranguren, Professor Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) - A response from a socio psychological perspective

Q and A moderated by

Toni Shapiro-Phim, Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, Brandeis University, and IMPACT


A series of presentations and conversations Convened by:

→ Acts of Listening Lab, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling; Concordia University

→ Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; Brandeis University

→ IMPACT: The Imagining Together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation


→ International Journal of Transitional Justice, Oxford University Press

→ Boston College Center for Human Rights & International Justice

→ Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (South Africa) 

The Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab)

is a hub for research-creation on the transformative power of listening in the context of oral history performance. It brings together artists-researchers, communities, and activists from across disciplines and cultures interested in exploring alternative and creative ways of making life stories matter in the public sphere.

Situated on Kanienʼkehá꞉ka territory,
on the 10th floor of Concordia (LB) Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB-1042-03

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