Christopher Newport University

Laia Balcells: "The Troubles and Beyond: The Impact of a Museum Exhibit in a Post-Conflict Society"

Transitional justice policies aimed at promoting human rights, and recognizing harms suffered, are commonly implemented in post-violence contexts. One such policy is the establishment of transitional justice museums, which many hope will legitimize nascent legal and political systems and foster reconciliation. Remembering the past could however have painful and polarizing consequences, exacerbating divisions in recovering societies. In deeply divided societies, can museums contribute to processes of healing and recovery, or might they be ineffective or inadvertently polarizing? To explore the impact of engaging with transitional justice museums in post-conflict Northern Ireland, Dr. Balcells combines evidence from focus groups and a field experiment conducted at the Troubles and Beyond exhibit in the Ulster Museum with a survey that randomly exposed respondents to materials from the museum exhibit. Pre-register for the event by clicking here!

Thursday, September 14 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

McMurran Hall, 101

Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
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