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About Us

WHO WE ARE

The Symbolic Reparations Research Project [SRRP] is a group of humanities and legal scholars specializing in human rights, art, and culture. We are committed to fostering the arts, cultural practices, and humanities as a crucial means of developing the efficacy of symbolic reparations for victims of gross violations of human rights.

WHAT WE DO

The SRRP provides analysis regarding the use of art, architecture, and aesthetic memorialization as processes that repair and satisfy victims, preserve memory, and promote public dialogue aimed at social transformation. We also offer best practice recommendations and interpretive guidance on the use of art in conceptualizing and implementing programs for symbolic reparations, in accordance with the norms of international human rights.

ART, MEMORIALIZATION & SYMBOLIC REPARATIONS

A vital component of state-sponsored reparations programs, symbolic reparations aim to preserve historical memory, restore the dignity of victims, and guarantee the non-repetition of violence. As a medium of symbolic reparations, the arts —in the form of public memorials, museums, memory projects, and other aesthetic practices of memorialization— can play a pivotal role in building cultures of deliberative democracy moving societies toward reconciliation and transformation.

 

A key aspect of transitional justice, the power of aesthetic memorialization is widely recognized as a means to commemorate traumatic pasts, to incite reflection on the future of communities, societies and nations, and to change the social conditions underlying human rights violations. In providing challenging aesthetic provocations, art promotes sustained reflection and debate on human rights, and therefore fosters civic engagement and citizenship.  By disrupting codified norms of perception, interrupting existing systemic relations, and destabilizing sedimented habits of thought, artistic interventions can alter our modes of perception and redefine our potential for transformative action.

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Robin A. Greeley

University of Connecticut
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José L. Falconi

Harvard University
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Michael Orwicz

University of Connecticut
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Ana María Reyes

Boston University
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Fernando J. Rosenberg

Brandeis University
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Marco Abarca Díaz

Universidad de Puerto Rico
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Doris Sommer

Harvard University
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Yolanda Sierra

Universidad Externado de Colombia
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Luisa Ferreira-Peralta

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
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Lisa Laplante

New England School of Law
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Julian Bonder

Roger Williams UniversityWodiczko+ Bonder, Architecture-Art-Design
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Derecho, Arte y Cultura Research Group, Universidad Externado de Colombia

Director: Yolanda Sierra León. http://derechoarteycultura.uexternado.edu.co/
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Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University

Director: Doris Sommer. http://culturalagents.org/