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Arnaud Kurze

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Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
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Wilson Center Projects

Transitional Justice 2.0: Youth, Art and Alternative Justice Spaces

Full Biography

Arnaud Kurze is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. His scholarly work on transitional justice in the post-Arab Spring world focuses particularly on youth activism, art and collective memory. He is currently leading a Digital Humanities Project on political change in the Mediterranean basin and is co-organizing the Cres Summer School on Transitional Justice. Since 2013 he has been a Visiting Scholar at New York University. He is widely published and the editor of New Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice: Gender, Art & Memory. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the American Council on Learned Societies and Sciences Po.

Major Publications

New Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice: Gender Art, & Memory, (2019) Indiana University Press.

“#WarCrimes #PostConflictJustice #Balkans: Youth, Performance Activism and the Politics of Memory,” (2016). Oxford International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 20, No. 3, 451-470, doi: 10.1093/ijtj/ijw014

"Contested Spaces of Transitional Justice: Legal Empowerment in Global Post-Conflict Contexts Revisited," (2015). The International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 19, No. 3, 260-276.

“Afraid to Cry Wolf: Human Rights Activists’ Conundrum to Define Narratives of Justice and Truth in the Former Yugoslavia,” (2013) with Iva Vukusic. In Olivera Simic and Zala Volcic, Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans, Springer: New York.

Previous Terms

May-Jun 2015: Title VIII Short-Term Research Scholar, “Justice Beyond Borders? The Politics to Democratize Human Rights in the Post-Conflict Balkans and Beyond.” The research project explores the politicization of post-conflict justice in the former Yugoslavia. It draws on over one hundred in-depth interviews including activists, victims, lawmakers, and experts from across the former Yugoslavia focusing on the role of human rights advocates in post-conflict justice processes. The author argues that a combination of internal and external factors has hampered the successful implementation of transnational restorative justice strategies in the Balkans.
Jan 6, 2014 - Jan 31, 2014: Title VIII Short-Term Research Scholar, “Youth, Performance Activism, and the Politics of Memory.” The research project analyzes emerging youth activism to deal with the past in post-conflict Balkan societies. It is based on over two-dozen in-depth interviews with youth activist leaders across the former Yugoslavia and focuses on their performance-based campaigns. The author illustrates that performance activism has fueled the creation of so called strategic confrontation spaces to contest the culture of impunity and challenge the politics of memory in the former Yugoslavia.