Call for Papers: Transitional Justice and the Everyday

The International Journal of Transitional Justice (IJTJ) invites submissions for its 2012 special issue, Transitional Justice and the Everyday: Micro-Perspectives of Justice and Social Repair, guest edited by Pilar Riaño Alcalá (Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Liu Institute for Global Studies, University of British Columbia) and Erin Baines (Assistant Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia). The submissions deadline is April 1, 2012.

In this special issue, the IJTJ will consider how people seek and experience justice after mass atrocity in the context of everyday life. Specific questions to be addressed will include:

  • How do communities repair social relationships and networks that violence so often tears apart?
  • Through what informal micro-processes and performances do people make sense of and address violent pasts, seek acknowledgement, accountability and justice?
  • How do individuals or communities encounter and respond to formal national mechanisms such as truth commissions and trials or efforts to demobilize and reintegrate combatants?
  • How do individuals and communities respond to state-generated histories of the past? How do they generate their own narratives about the past?
  • How are local meanings of justice and social repair given expression in informal and formal TJ mechanisms?

Further areas may include:

  • The meaning of justice and social repair in the context of the everyday
  • Rebuilding lives, social networks and relationships
  • Indigenous processes and mechanisms for healing, reconciliation and justice
  • Ceremonial, ritual and spiritual processes of reconciliation
  • Performance and artistic expressions
  • Local initiatives of storytelling, memory making and truth telling
  • Relationships and tensions between informal and formal processes at the local level
  • Formal/state engagement and its impact at community level

IJTJ encourages the submission of papers from a broad spectrum of disciplines: philosophy, literary studies, political science, theatre, Indigenous studies, race and gender studies, post-colonial studies, sociology, anthropology, psychology, criminology, law, memory studies, among others.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2012. Papers should be submitted online from the IJTJ webpage

For questions or further information,please contact the Managing Editor at ijtj [at]