Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice: Comparative Perspectives

Riccardo Bocco

ANSO086 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

The seminar aims at investigating through anthropological perspectives the aftermath of civil wars, genocides and dictatorships. How the ‘nation’ can be rebuilt? What is the role of civil societies and State authorities in the process? How the models of State-building and reconciliation ‘exported’ by international donors help or hinder the transitions? The approach will be geographically comparative: Africa (Rwanda and Morocco), Asia (Cambodia), the Near East (Lebanon) and Latin America (Chili and Argentina). Actually, the instruments and practices of what has come to be known ‘Dealing with the Past’ and ‘Transitional Justice’ have witnessed an important surge of South-South cooperation with the role of the UN as a broker. Finally, while a consistent bulk of studies has been produced by jurists, political scientists, psychologists, and historians, the more recent contributions of anthropologists have helped in shedding light on how the ‘social pact’ can be renegotiated in the aftermath of traumatic events.