CFP: Justice after Violence: Critical Perspectives from the Western Balkans (Journal Special Edition)

Special Issue of Studies in Social Justice

Guest Editor: Diane Enns, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University

Two decades after violence broke out in the Western Balkans following the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the struggle for justice, sustainable peace and civil society politics continues to encounter imposing obstacles. The success of ethnic cleansing has led to an impoverished political system starkly divided along ethnic lines, intolerance and hostility at the local level, and lack of trust in, or indifference towards, political leaders. Justice mechanisms center on the prosecution of a select few war criminals, neglecting questions of broader responsibility and causing resentment over the lack of justice at the community level. Postwar economic hardships, institutional breakdown, traumatized victims of war and inequality add to the challenges of rebuilding society and complicate the relationships between justice, peace and politics.

This issue of Studies in Social Justice will focus on the current status of justice—as a concept and process—in a region dealing with an egregious past and its contradictory legacies. We invite contributions that reflect on justice and its relation to peace and politics in the aftermath of violent conflict in the Western Balkans. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

· The relationships between justice mechanisms and peace or peacebuilding, politics, human rights, economics, or institutional infrastructure

· Tensions between local and international peacebuilding efforts and justice processes

· Transitional justice paradigms and practices, and their effects on communities in the region

· Critical responses to the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

· The meaning of justice from the perspective of victims of the conflict

· New approaches to the peace vs. justice debate

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2012. Essays should be between 6000-8000 words and must be prepared for blind review. Contributors should consult the stylistic guidelines listed on the Studies in Social Justice website:

Please send your essay electronically in MS word format to Diane Enns:


Diane Enns,
Department of Philosophy,
McMaster University
+1 905-525-9140, ext. 27529
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