Webinar: Seeking Justice in Societies Transitioning from Violence

Practitioner, researcher and author Dr. Beatrice Pouligny will share from her recent work in places such as Syria and Libya where she has focused on the overlaps of trauma healing and resilience and the connections with the restorative dimensions of transitional justice. She will also highlight her efforts at trying to support groups and communities to develop their own resilience resources and mechanisms, including when the violence is still going on. This relevant and engaging topic will explore critical questions such as:

  • What is the collective legacy of mass violence and trauma and what is the structural impact on communities and the society at large?
  • Why are there increasing calls for more focus on the restorative dimensions of Transitional Justice?
  • What are the most critical challenges for Transitional Justice in contexts of societal violence and insecurity?
  • What are the different avenues to address protracted violence in order to support effective resilience mechanisms aiming at society well-being?

Carl Stauffer will facilitate the webinar.

When: September 18, 2013, 4:30-6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (United States)

Cost: $10 USD

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Béatrice Pouligny is an independent researcher. She is a former senior researcher at the CERI / Sciences-Po in Paris, France and former professor at Georgetown University (Washington DC). She holds a PhD in political studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and has taught in Universities in different parts of the world. She is the winner of two consecutive Fulbright Commission awards (in 2002 and 2004) and former grantee of different foundations in North America and Europe.

Beyond her academic credentials, Dr Pouligny has more than 25 years of field experience as an activist and a practitioner with the UN, NGOs and local communities in over 30 countries in Central and South America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East. Both her research and her practice have been geared towards the support to local capacities and a more productive interaction between local and international initiatives in violent and post-violent contexts. Another characteristic of her approach is its trans-disciplinarity and the effort to articulate the different dimensions of peace building and post-violence transitions. For several years, she developed and lead an international research-action program called ‘Re-imagining Peace’ which addressed the process of post-conflict reconstruction with a progressive, trans-disciplinary approach, addressing the individual and collective traumatic consequences of war and outlining culture-based resilience processes, including arts. Her current work focuses on societal resilience capacities in the aftermath of violence; in that context, she has contributed to the first European Report on Development which focused on fragility (2009) and is the author of a World Bank study on “Societal Dynamics and Fragility” (in parallel to WDR 2012), focusing more specifically on trauma and resilience.

She is currently providing support to the United States Institutes of Peace Rule of Law Center work in Libya (which includes work on trauma resilience as well as security and justice issues at the community level). For the past 18 months, she has been facilitating work with members of Syrian civil society on transitional justice, trauma and resilience (which has included several training workshops with young Syrian activists).

She is the author of numerous articles and contributions (in French, English, Spanish and Dutch) as well as two main books: Peace Operations Seen from Below: UN Missions and Local People, and After Mass Crime: Rebuilding States and Communities, that she has co-edited with Simon Chesterman and Albrecht Schnabel.

In parallel to her international work, Dr Pouligny is practicing as a shamanic healer.

This webinar is an initiative of the Zehr Institute at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding and is supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative.