REMINDER: Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans

Call for Book Chapter Proposals


Working Title: Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans 



Olivera Simic

Zala Volcic


Abstracts due: June 10, 2011

Notification of acceptance: June 20, 2011
Chapters due: November 20, 2011


Transitional justice has grown over the past twenty years into a globalized form of intervention following civil war and political repression. Transitional justice is ever-growing field which responds to dilemmas over how successor regimes should deal with past human rights abuses of their authoritarian predecessors. It comprises of a range of mechanisms and processes associated with a society’s attempts to come to terms with a large scale past abuses in order to ensure accountability and serve justice, as well as to achieve healing, reconciliation, truth and conflict resolution. Transitional justice is an interdisciplinary field that takes place across a range of disciplines such as law, anthropology, history, ethics, development studies, cultural studies, sociology, art, psychology, theology and education.


Our intention in this volume is to identify and map broader justice dimensions of research and interventions that bear on the pursuit of transitional justice processes in the context of the Balkans. We expect the volume to yield a coherent view of theory and practices from the regional perspective that can guide future efforts in transitional justice scholarship and practice. The authors may come from variety of fields such as, but not limited to: law, anthropology, philosophy, media, ethics, politics, art, peace and conflict studies, development studies, history, ethics, cultural studies, sociology, psychology, theology and education. The book chapters may address theoretical questions on transitional justice or theoretically informed empirical projects. In order to explore these, and other issues, we seek chapters on topics including, but not limited to: community based reconciliation, regional programs, demobilization of ex combatants, legal or psychological aspects of transitional justice, gender dynamics of transitional justice, art, performance, theatre and transitional justice, media and transitional justice. Chapters may use any methodology and must not be previously published or under review for publication elsewhere. Submissions from scholars at all career levels are welcome. The book editors would like to especially encourage original studies written by scholars from the Balkan, or in collaboration with Balkan scholars/practitioners.


By June 10, 2011, the book editors would like to receive abstracts. All abstracts and manuscripts will go through a review process. If your abstract is accepted, we would like to receive your full manuscript of maximum 7,000 words by November 20, 2011. Accepted manuscripts should conform to APA citation format.


If you are interested in contributing a book chapter to this volume, please send a tentative title, a brief abstract for review (max 500 words) and short bio (150 words), to the book editors, Olivera Simic at and/or Zala Volcic at


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