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Funded by the FASS Faculty Research Fund: The Power of Images: photography, law and the East German political trials

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My project considers law as a matter of aesthetics and memory. It builds upon my work concerning the maladministration of justice in post-dictatorial Europe (Transitional Criminal Justice in Post-Dictatorial and Post-Conflict Societies, Intersentia, 2015) and seeks to make an original contribution to the fields of transitional justice (the way in which a post-dictatorial regime addresses past injustices) and comparative criminal justice and, more broadly, interdisciplinary studies. My study considers the visual images of political trials carried out in East Germany during the period (1946-1957). My project’s key question considers the power of the image and what it conveys about the law through the eye of the Observer (regime via the media) and the Spectator (defendant and society). Some of these visual images currently form part of the states’ contemporary approaches to ‘remembering the past’, making the complex use of the image when handled as part of a transitional justice measure an important part of my study. These photographs will be accompanied by the respective personal biographies.
Effective start/end date7/09/15 → …