Poetry of Witness as Transitional Justice and Public Pedagogy


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SSHRC Research Development Initiative

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This project investigates global poems of witness and explores the ways in which poetry can be a form of transitional justice that contributes to public pedagogy. Transitional justice is a response to systematic or widespread violations of human rights, seeking recognition for victims and promoting possibilities for peace, reconciliation and democracy. The project focus on poets who have endured and written about conditions of extremity under state sanctioned regimes of oppression, and the ways in which their writing has enabled them to endure and survive. Central to the investigation are the educational and civic roles of the poet in contemporary societies and how the study of literature of witness might provide valuable and powerful insights into the study of the “other” in the contexts of global cultural and diasporic studies, educational research and justice studies.