[TimorLesteStudies] New Article : Local Memory Practices in East Timor: Disrupting Transitional Justice Narratives

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Tue Oct 11 20:56:25 EST 2011

Kent, Lia. 2011. Local Memory Practices in East Timor: Disrupting Transitional Justice Narratives, International Journal of Transitional Justice., doi:
                                 First published online:
                                 September 2, 2011

Transitional justice discourse is underpinned by an assumption that 
trials and truth commissions will assist individuals and
                     societies to ‘come to terms’ with, and move on 
from, complex legacies of violence. This article considers how local 
                     of memorialization and commemoration, and the 
activities of victims’ groups in East Timor, disrupt these assumptions. 
It highlights
                     how individuals and local communities in East Timor
 are attempting to ‘remake a world’ in ways that may differ markedly 
                     the priorities of UN-sponsored transitional justice
 institutions and their nation's leaders. In addition, it explores how
                     some survivors are embracing the language of 
victims’ rights to appeal to the state to respond to their experiences 
of suffering.
                     These developments, which indicate that survivors 
are in various ways embracing, resisting and transforming ‘official’ 
                     discourses, highlight that the pursuit of justice 
in post-referendum East Timor is far more dynamic, locally grounded and
                     open-ended than the narrative of transition 

Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
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