January 20, 2016

Keydar on Ethics and Storytelling in the Search for Justice

Renana Keydar, Hebrew University, Faculty of Law, and Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences, has published Rethinking Plurality: On Ethics and Storytelling in the Search for Justice. Here is the abstract.

The essay takes as its starting point the observation that contemporary
legal mechanisms and cultural institutions confront mass atrocity by turning to multiple acts of storytelling by the survivors. As I show, judicial tribunals, truth commissions, museums, historical archives, and film and literature have replaced the once-singular, authoritative voice of the Storyteller with a choir comprising a multitude of narrators and narratives of survival. Focusing on two historic legal processes in which survivors' storytelling played a key role, the Eichmann trial (1961) and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1995), I explore the underlying condition of plurality and its ethical implications from a joint perspective of law and the humanities.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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