Please find below a call for papers for a special issue of Journal of Human Rights on "Human Emotion and Human Rights." The volume is being co-edited by myself and Thomas Brudholm of the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The focus is on the place and value of so-called "negative" emotional responses to human rights abuses and crimes against humanity and their relation to calls for forgiveness, closure, and reconciliation, but we are open to all ideas and queries. I'd be very grateful if you could participate in this issue and circulate the attached call for papers to colleagues whom you think might be interested in contributing. Very sincerely yours, Thomas Cushman Professor of Sociology Department of Sociology Pendleton East, Room 334 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA 02481 U.S.A (781) 283-2142 (781) 283-3664 (fax) Editor, The Journal of Human Rights JHR@wellesley.edu http://www.wellesley.edu/JournalofHumanRights Journal of Human Rights Call for Papers for a Special Issue on : "Human Emotion and Human Rights: Reassessing the Role of Negative Emotions in the Search for Justice" Co-edited by Thomas Cushman, Editor, Journal of Human Rights and Thomas Brudholm, Danish Center for International Studies and Human Rights. The nature and value of the emotions or passions in responses to wrongdoing has deep roots in the history of philosophical ethics. There has been a renewed interest in the subject in the fields of ethics, jurisprudence, and human rights. The Journal of Human Rights is seeking contributions for a special issue which will focus on the place and value of so-called "negative" emotional responses to human rights abuses and crimes against humanity and their relation to calls for forgiveness, closure, and reconciliation. The deliberate degradation and cruelty of gross violations of human rights breeds the strongest of human emotions in victims. Hatred, anger, rage, resentment, and the desire for bloody revenge are entirely normal human responses to such cruelty. It is, however, difficult to assess to what degree such emotions can be acknowledged as morally legitimate responses and to what extent they play a role in the practice and conception of models of transitional justice. In a time where the language of forgiveness, healing, reparation and reconciliation permeates discussions about responses to mass atrocity, we would like to reassess the nature, value, and role of "negative" emotions in the process of justice, reconciliation, and repair in post-conflict societies. Among the questions we wish to explore are: To what extent are our conventional notions about excess and propriety, rationality and morality reliable when it comes to judgments about the moral standing of the anger, rage, resentment or vindictiveness in responses to such events as the Holocaust, Srebrenica, Rwanda? When, if ever, is it appropriate to ask victims of mass atrocity to overcome their resentment against perpetrators? Can the idea that compassion and forgiveness are morally "higher" or "deeper" than resentment and retribution be sustained in the face if horrible crimes? What is the relevance of such emotions to the law? Is the harboring of resentment and the desire for revenge necessarily incompatible with the process of social reconciliation? Can a deliberate preservation of "traumatic" memory be acknowledged as a morally justifiable response to a devastation that might be irreparable? In addition to these questions, the Editors are open to other topics. Prospective authors should send queries and papers for consideration to Thomas Cushman, Editor, Journal of Human Rights at <JHR@wellesley.edu>. The issue will appear in Volume 4, Number 1 (September 2004). Final paper submissions are due on May 1, 2004 and all submissions are subject to review and revision. ========== Psychology and Human Rights listserv ========== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/psychology-humanrights-l/markup/maillist.php To subscribe to the list, send a message to <email@example.com>, with the following text in the message: subscribe psychology-humanrights-l To unsubscribe from the list, send a message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the following text in the message: unsubscribe psychology-humanrights-l If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>.
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