Redwood, H. (2020). Archiving Justice. in: Meierhenrich, J., Hinton, A. and Douglas, L. (ed.) THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE Oxford University Press (OUP).
|Editors||Meierhenrich, J., Hinton, A. and Douglas, L.|
This chapter interrogates this link between archives and transitional justice, and idea of justice more generally, in three parts. First I examine the ways in which the archive reinforces core aspects of transitional justice as practice and a set of normative values. This does so by both focusing on the support role that archives play in rendering justice a possibility (and in many cases beckoning a ‘justice to come’)(Derrida 1992; and 2001), and second viewing the archive as itself a site of justice in and of itself. The second section turns to a more critical assessment of the relationship between archives and justice, as I explore the archive’s logics, and drive. Ultimately, this points to the role that archives play in the governance – and disciplining – of community, and shows a concerning synergy between archival practice and the very violence that transitional justice (claims to) confront. The final section looks at practices that might offer a way in which a more transformative vision of archive and community can emerge. This both focuses on what Stewart Motha and Honni van Rijswijk (2016) have called the ‘counter-archive’ and explicitly points to the possibility of alternative archival practices that drawn on an aesthetic approach to the production of knowledge, and community.
|Keywords||Archives, Transitional Justice, Memory, Law, Counter-Archive|
|Book title||THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (OUP)|
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|Accepted||29 Sep 2020|
|Deposited||25 Nov 2020|
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