On May 5th, the co-authors of Trading Justice for Peace? presented the first ReconTrans volume at a book launch feeding into the research conference “Reconciliation without the majority?” convened at VID Oslo, Norway.
Watch video of the book launch event here (timeslot 5:28:00 – 6:00:00).
The chapters in this volume reveal the challenges, complexities and nuances of rectifying past and present injustices in order to transform societies. For a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be considered trustworthy by those who have suffered, it cannot compromise justice for the sake of peace that is nothing more than a ‘cheap, deceptive’ reconciliation. (Regan, Solomons and Guðmarsdóttir, p. 273)
Trading Justice for Peace? brings to fruition a research partnership between VID Specialized University, the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the VST, Canada, including scholars and practitioners from South Africa, Canada, and across Nordic countries.
Open access. Free download here: https://books.aosis.co.za/index.php/ob/catalog/book/174
Trading justice for peace? Perils and possibilities
Demaine Solomons, Paulette Regan, Sigríður Guðmarsdóttir
Part One: Negotiating truth, justice and reconciliation: TRC mandates, processes and legacies
Negotiating the meaning of ‘TRC’ in the Norwegian context
Canada’s TRC: An ‘unsettling’ Indigenous-centred relational justice and reconciliation model
Reconciliation recommended: On the anchoring of TRC proposals
Reconciliation as an outcome rather than an intention
Part Two: No reconciliation without justice: Indigenous rights, resurgence, self-determination and territorial lands
Justice twenty-one years post-TRC! Can a theology of reconstruction assist us to regain our focus on reconciliation and justice?
Christo H. Thesnaar
When justice has borders: Some reflections on national borders in relation to the TRC in Norway
Lovisa M. Sjöberg, Mikkel N. Sara
Prospects and challenges for reconciliation: Implementing the TRC calls to action
David B. MacDonald
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: An invitation to boldness
Part Three: Re-storying national histories: Counter-narratives of social memory and justice
Narrative and truth and reconciliation
Reburial of Sami human remains as ritualised reconciliation
Records as instruments of truth, justice and reconciliation – Disrupting colonialism in archival praxis
Part Four: Histories of violence and trauma: negotiating identity, responsibility and accountability for redress and reconciliation
Steve Biko as a ‘Christian’: A contribution to ethnic and racial reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa
Social justice, white beneficiaries and the South African TRC
Unsettling ‘perpetrators’: Comrade memories of complex violence and the South African TRC
Building thin sympathetic engagement to foster truth commission success
Joanna R. Quinn
Forging transnational pathways for reconciliation
Paulette Regan, Demaine Solomons, Sigríður Guðmarsdóttir