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Special Edition: Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: Contributions of Arts and Culture

The Transitional Journal of International Justice

Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2020

ijtj A special edition of The Transitional Journal of International Justice called "Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: the Contributions of Art and Culture" was guest edited by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. The edition features the following contributions:

  • "Reimagining Transitional Justice" - Cindy Cohen
  • "Embodying the Pain and Cruelty of Others" - Toni Shapiro-Phim
  • "Repairing Symbolic Reparations: Assessing the Effectiveness of Memorialization in the Inter-American System of Human Rights" -- co-written by CAST affiliated faculty member Fernando Rosenberg (Hispanic Studies, Comparative Lit) 

Support for color images came from Board Member of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, Elaine Reuben

CAST minor Sarah Terrazano '19 assisted Cohen in the screening of initial submission to the special issue.

Several articles will be assigned to students in the new course LGLS 129a - Global Justice and Societies in Transition, being offered in fall 2020 by Melissa Stimell in collaboration with Cindy Cohen, and Leigh Swigart of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

CAST Faculty News: Achievements
Elizabeth Bradfield

In November, 2019, poet Elizabeth Bradfield and artist Antonia Contro collaborated to publish Theorem, a hand-made, letterpressed art book in an edition of 30. Candor Arts, of Chicago, were the publishers. 

Emilie Diouf and Faith Smith

CAST affiliated faculty members Emilie Diouf (English) and Faith Smith (English and AAAS) were recipients of the 2020-2021 Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities. Smith was awarded a grant for her work “Errant Voices: Traumatic Text and the Making of African Women Refugees” and Smith was awarded a grant for her work “Silk Roads and Highways: Imagining ‘China’ in the Caribbean Today.”

Toni Shapiro-Phim

Toni's article, "Embodying the Pain and Cruelty of Others," was just published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Read the abstract.

Fernando Rosenberg

Fernando published  “Teaching Poetry and Human Rights” in Teaching Modern Latin American Poetries (Approaches to Teaching World Literature MLA series). Ed. Jill S. Kuhnheim and Melanie Nicholson. 2019

David Sherman

CAST Professor David Sherman (English) will host a Justice Brandeis Seminar in summer 2020 entitled “Storytelling as Social Practice.” The seminar will combine live performance, event planning, literature, and narrative theory to work on socially-engaged storytelling as a part of a creative collaboration. Good storytellers change the world. For more information, feel free to email David Sherman, davidsherman@brandeis.edu.

Leigh Swigart

Leigh will have a chapter published in 2020 in a volume entitled "Intersections of Law and Culture at the International Criminal Court" (eds. Julie Fraser and Brianne McGonigle, Utrecht University. Publisher: Edward Elgar). Her chapter is entitled "Now You See It, Now You Don't: Culture at the International Criminal Court."

Mandel Faculty Grants

The Mandel Center for the Humanities announced the winners of the Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities, made possible by a generous gift from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation. The winners included two CAST Advisory Committee members:

  • Emilie Diouf (English): “Errant Voices: Traumatic Text and the Making of African Women Refugees”
  • Faith Smith (English and AAAS): “Silk Roads and Highways: Imagining 'China' in the Caribbean Today” 

For more information about the Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities, please visit the Center's website, where you can also find a list of all of their Spring 2020 events and series.

Sustainable Brandeis is eager to improve our recycling and composting rates. They turned to CAST for help with their outreach to the Brandeis community. The video was created by CAST affiliated faculty member Sabine von Mering and undergrad Perry Letourneau, and cosponsored by CAST. 

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Kristin Parker, advisory committee member, recently had an article in The Guardian written about her cultural emergency worker gig. Parker, who currently works with refugees in Greece to help them back up photos and documentation from home, is looking to build a repository where Syrians can store their stories and work with other citizen archive projects. As she notes in the article, “It’s these links to identity and links to home that allow people to imagine a world beyond their present circumstances.”

CAST minor Rasheed Peters ‘20 hosted an open live recording session for season 2 of his talk show Proper Bantah! on September 28, 2019. The goal of the talk show is to expose Brandeis to new people with interesting stories and facilitate conversation amongcommunity members who are different from one another.