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The PPSY International Seminar in Łódź

Transitional Justice: Between Redemption and Retribution
June 6, 2017, Łódź (Poland)

The Polish Political Science Yearbook, the leading Central European, peer-reviewed and indexed journal on political science with the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Łódź and Interdisciplinary Research Centre “The Balkans at the Turn of the 20th and the 21st Century” of University of Łódź invite all scholars to participate in the PPSY International Seminar “Transitional Justice: Between Redemption and Retribution” (June 6, 2017, Łódź).

The Conference supports the special section of the PPSY volume 46 (2) (2017) and its objective is to discuss legal and political aspects of the transitional justice, especially during post-Communist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989, however it is related to dilemmas of other post-authoritarian and post-conflict nations trying to come to terms with past abuses and historical injustices. The recent finalisation of a peace process in Columbia or events witnessed in Ukraine, where the national desire to reckon with past evils of Viktor Yanukovych’s regime (and Soviet legacy) was brutally confronted with the aggression of the Russian Federation, show that transitional justice is a still living concept. At the same time, the central figure of international criminal justice – the International Criminal Court based in the Hague – serving as a significant tool for post-violence environments has to face the recent decisions of several African states, willing to withdraw from the Rome Statute system.

What is the future of transitional justice? Does really international criminal justice paradigm can reconcile with truth-telling or truth-seeking processes? Are vetting and lustration procedures adequate for countries in the post-Soviet space, such as post-Maidan Ukraine, or should they implement also different transitional justice tool-kit? We are going to address this and many more inter-related questions during the seminar!

The organisers invite authors, coming from a variety of disciplines, including – but not limited to – law, socio-legal studies, political science, international relations and history with papers, posters and presentations related, inter alia, to following issues:
  1. Legal approaches to transitional justice
    • Rethinking transitional justice: what does the concept mean in 2010s?
    • The role of international law in shaping the transitional justice
    • International vs. local responses to justice
    • Transitional justice between retributive responses and reconciliation efforts
    • International Criminal Court between law and politics in the transitional justice context

  2. Socio-political dimensions of transitional justice
    • Narratives of memory (and identity) in transitional justice efforts
    • Politics of memory and reconciliation vs. retribution
    • Collective memory and its application by truth-telling and truth-seeking processes
    • Conflicts of memory and the remembrance of past evils in a post-war or post-authoritarian realities

  3. Current regional approaches of implementing transitional justice
    • The ‘Peace vs. Justice Dilemma’ today: does Columbia’s peace process fill within this debate?
    • Transitional justice in a post-Soviet space: the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity and its implications on Kyiv’s transitional justice strategy
    • Transitional justice in the Middle East: how to craft the post-war strategy for Syria and other countries of the region?
All submitted papers will be fast-track reviewed for PPSY 46 (2) of 2017 (the peer-reviewed and indexed international journal, Polish List B – 13 points). The PPSY Special Section on Central European security will be published in the journal in November–December 2017.

How to Apply:
please submit the Online Application Form before May 12, 2017. Decisions will be announced on May 15, 2017.

Forms of Participation:
the organisers accept presentation of papers and posters.

Participation Fee:
250 PLN or 60 EUR, paid before May 28, 2017. The fee does includes the accommodation from June 6 to June 7 in double rooms. It does not include costs of travel.

The Organisers:
The Editorial Board of the Polish Political Science Yearbook & The Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Łódź, Poland & Interdisciplinary Research Centre “The Balkans at the Turn of the 20th and the 21st Century” of University of Łódź & Professor Czesław Mojsiewicz International Cooperation Fund & Adam Marszałek Publishing House.

The Organising Committee:
Professor Joanna Marszałek–Kawa, Dr Tomasz Lachowski, Dr Magdalena Rekść, Dr Patryk Wawrzyński


For further information please contact: Dr Tomasz Lachowski or Dr Patryk Wawrzyński.

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The 5th PPSY International Seminar
Politics of Post-Totalitarian Trauma
September 5, 2017, Toruń.


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The 6th PPSY International Seminar
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December 5, 2017, Toruń.

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