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Ethics of Political Commemoration: Applying a New Paradigm to Remembrance

  • Hans Gutbrod
Wednesday 20 March 2024
Turfmarkt 99
2511DP The Hague

About the talk:

Hans Gutbrod proposes a new Ethics of Political Commemoration adapted from the Just War tradition, reflecting that remembrance is often conducted with political – and even coercive – intent. With its Ius ad Memoriam (what to commemorate) and Ius in Memoria (how to commemorate) criteria, the framework looks to guide debates that are currently inchoate so that remembrance of the past can transform relationships in the present and build a shared future. Gutbrod draws on experiences from Armenia, Georgia, Ireland, Lebanon, and Libya, while connecting to mainstream debates in Western Europe and the United States. Bringing together an ethical tradition with the practice of conflict transformation, the framework fuses two perspectives that enrich each other. This took seeks to engage citizens and scholars, and help those who work to transform conflicts.

About the speaker:

Hans Gutbrod is a Professor at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has written on politics, ethics, and commemoration, and works as a consultant in policy research. Together with colleagues, Hans led a high-impact campaign to increase the transparency of research funding, Transparify. He previously was the regional director of the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC). Hans has been working in the Caucasus region since 1999 and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. His recent book 'Ethics of Political Commemoration: Towards a New Paradigm' (with David Wood, 2023) proposes that the just war tradition can help to order public debates on remembrance. 


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