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The colloquium, ‘Literature, democracy and transitional justice’, held in Oxford 18-20 March 2018, is part of the second phase (2017-2020) in the activities of the international research network, ‘GDRI Literature and Democracy (19th-21st centuries): Theoretical, Historical and Comparative Approaches’. It brought together participants from over a dozen countries to address specific situations of transitional justice across the globe, including Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Columbia, Tunisia, South Africa, Rwanda, Taiwan, Algeria and former Yugoslavia. The event opens dialogue between scholars working on authoritarian systems and democratic transitions in the fields of literary studies, history, philosophy and law. The colloquium features the Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer. Sponsored by St John’s College; GDRI Literature and Democracy (19th-21st centuries); Maison Française Oxford; DEMOCRACY (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid) and Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation.
Conveners: Mohamed-Salah Omri (St John’s College, Oxford); Philippe Roussin (HESS, Paris); Agnès Delage (Aix-Marseille)

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The colloquium, ‘Literature, democracy and transitional justice’, held in Oxford 18-20 March 2018, is part of the second phase (2017-2020) in the activities of the international research network, ‘GDRI Literature and Democracy (19th-21st centuries): Theoretical, Historical and Comparative Approaches’. It brought together participants from over a dozen countries to address specific situations of transitional justice across the globe, including Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Columbia, Tunisia, South Africa, Rwanda, Taiwan, Algeria and former Yugoslavia. The event opens dialogue between scholars working on authoritarian systems and democratic transitions in the fields of literary studies, history, philosophy and law. The colloquium features the Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer. Sponsored by St John’s College; GDRI Literature and Democracy (19th-21st centuries); Maison Française Oxford; DEMOCRACY (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid) and Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation.
Conveners: Mohamed-Salah Omri (St John’s College, Oxford); Philippe Roussin (HESS, Paris); Agnès Delage (Aix-Marseille)

    Literacy and Democracy: Transitional Justice in South Africa

    Literacy and Democracy: Transitional Justice in South Africa

    The paper explores the work of several intellectuals reflecting on South Africa’s transition to democracy, considering how the question of literacy precedes any discussion about literature and democracy.

    • 33 min
    Tolérance et justice dans le monde arabe, hier et aujourd’hui

    Tolérance et justice dans le monde arabe, hier et aujourd’hui

    The paper discusses the concept of tolerance in Arabic philosophy, literature and religion, foregrounding this value as an important objective of transitional justice in the Arab world.

    • 28 min
    Une démocratie sans justice transitionnelle: refoulement, silence et oubli dans le pacte de dénégation de l’Espagne de la transition

    Une démocratie sans justice transitionnelle: refoulement, silence et oubli dans le pacte de dénégation de l’Espagne de la transition

    This paper is a study of transitional justice in Spain after the Francoist dictatorship, a process of reconciliation based on the denial of the regime’s genocidal violence.

    • 29 min
    Alternative Account, Mourning Family and Transformation into Life: Three Contemporary Artworks related to the Event of 28 February 1947 in Taiwan

    Alternative Account, Mourning Family and Transformation into Life: Three Contemporary Artworks related to the Event of 28 February 1947 in Taiwan

    The paper discusses three contemporary Taiwanese artworks related to the tragic events of 28 February in Taiwan, presenting their emphasis on victims as crucial in understanding the process of transitional justice.

    • 50 min
    The Irreverence of Bones: Reclaiming Trashed Lives in the Aftermath of Violence in Adios Ayacucho (1984) and Insensatez (2004)

    The Irreverence of Bones: Reclaiming Trashed Lives in the Aftermath of Violence in Adios Ayacucho (1984) and Insensatez (2004)

    By analysing two Latin American fictional narratives, this paper explores the metaphors of humanity as waste and memory as cleansing in the context of transitional justice.

    • 27 min
    Victims’ Narratives in the Colombian Peace Process

    Victims’ Narratives in the Colombian Peace Process

    This paper analyses how victims’ voices were heard during the peace negotiations and in the implementation of the 2016 peace accord between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government.

    • 27 min

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