This book examines the role of post-conflict memorial arts in bringing about gender justice in transitional societies.

Art and post-violence memorialisation are currently widely debated. Scholars of human rights and of commemorative arts discuss the aesthetics and politics not only of sites of commemoration, but of literature, poetry, visual arts and increasingly, film and comics. Art, memory and activism are also increasingly intertwined. But within the literature around post-conflict transitional justice and critical human rights studies, there is little questioning about what memorial arts do for gender justice, how women and men are included and represented, and how this intertwines with other questions of identity and representation, such as race and ethnicity. The book brings together research from scholars around the world who are interested in the gendered dimensions of memory-making in transitional societies. Addressing a global range of cases, including genocide, authoritarianism, civil war, electoral violence and apartheid, they consider not only the gendered commemoration of past violence, but also the possibility of producing counter-narratives that unsettle and challenge established stereotypes.

Aimed at those interested in the fields of transitional justice, memory studies, post-conflict peacebuilding, human rights and gender studies, this book will appeal to academics, researchers and practitioners.

chapter 1|18 pages

Gender and the arts of transition

ByJelke Boesten, Helen Scanlon

part I|96 pages

Sites of commemoration

chapter 2|17 pages

A feminist reading of sites of commemoration in Peru

ByJelke Boesten

chapter 3|17 pages

Gender, genocide, and memorialisation in Namibia

ByPenohole Brock, Ester Muinjangue

chapter 4|20 pages

Gender and memory

Lessons from the Gukurahundi massacres in Zimbabwe
ByNompilo Ndlovu

chapter 6|18 pages

Calling everything into question

Articulations of black women in post-1994 South African commemoration
ByYvette Hutchison

part II|94 pages

Arts and symbolic reparation

chapter 7|19 pages

Epistemicide in the Cape

Symbolic and restorative justice in South Africa
ByJune Bam-Hutchison

chapter 8|19 pages

The challenges of symbolic reparations for gender justice in Brazil

ByLucia Elena Arantes Ferreira Bastos, Inês Virgínia Prado Soares

chapter 9|17 pages

Fabricating reconciliation in Canada

ByRachel Kerr

chapter 10|21 pages

Women awake

Gender and commemoration in contemporary Ireland
ByMichelle LeBaron

chapter 11|16 pages

Touching pain

The matrixial experience of trauma in works by Doris Salcedo 1
ByMargarita Saona

part III|54 pages

Transformative gender justice?

chapter 12|19 pages

Memories of violence against women and girls across borders

Transformative gender justice through the arts among Brazilian women migrants in London
ByCathy McIlwaine

chapter 13|18 pages

Theatre for transformative gender justice

A comparison of three Peruvian plays on rape during political violence
ByAlexandra Hibbett

chapter 14|15 pages

‘The past is in the present and no one seems responsible for putting it there’

Gender, memory, and mobilisation in post-apartheid South Africa
ByHelen Scanlon