Digging-Up the Past, Finally: A Look into Cambodia’s Attempt at Retributive and Restorative Justice

By Jocelyn Grubb  Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge killed a fifth of Cambodia’s (then the Democratic of Kampuchea) population, totaling 1-2 million people. During the 20 tumultuous years which followed, there was a general resistance to “digging up past horrors”. The country and new government chose not to participate in official truth-seeking at… More Digging-Up the Past, Finally: A Look into Cambodia’s Attempt at Retributive and Restorative Justice

Now in Open Access: Flowers in the Wall

Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia is now available for free Open Access download, thanks to University of Calgary Press. Click to access downloadable pdf version What is the experience of truth and reconciliation? What is the purpose of a truth commission? What lessons can be learned from established truth and… More Now in Open Access: Flowers in the Wall

Narratives of Colonization, Decolonization and Recolonization in Papua

By David Webster. Originally published by activehistory.ca After the resolution of the Aceh dispute and the independence of East Timor, Indonesia’s most serious conflict is in Papua (formerly Irian Jaya). One major stumbling block to conflict resolution is the clash of historical narratives. Papuan nationalists claim their land was “already sovereign” from the 1960s and… More Narratives of Colonization, Decolonization and Recolonization in Papua

Southeast Asian and Pacific National Museums as Sites of Memory

By Sarah Zwierzchowski In an article for Representations (later published as the introduction to his book, Les lieux de mémoire), French historian Pierre Nora presented the concept of lieux de mémoire to describe entities where “memory crystallizes and secretes itself.”[1] Sites of memory hold symbolic value contributing to the memorial heritage of communities and can… More Southeast Asian and Pacific National Museums as Sites of Memory