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Illuminating the 'Grey Zone': Addressing Complex Complicity in Human Rights Violations

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Project "GREYZONE" data sheet

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postcode: EH8 9YL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙349˙481 €
 EC max contribution 1˙349˙481 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK (EDINBURGH) coordinator 1˙349˙481.00


 Project objective

The grey zone of bystanders, collaborators and beneficiaries of violence escapes the scope of main Transitional Justice (TJ) institutions and poses tough questions for scholars and architects of post-conflict societies. This interdisciplinary project shifts the focus of academic and political debates by pursuing three objectives: conceptually, it departs from the dominant victim-perpetrator paradigm and theorises the many faces in the grey zone by analysing the interplay between structure and agency; normatively, it argues that no account of TJ is complete without engaging the grey zone; empirically, it tests if, in tackling the grey zone, cinematographic and literary representations can supplement typical TJ mechanisms (trials, truth commissions, lustration). Four cases are analysed: authoritarianism plus military occupation (Vichy France), apartheid (South Africa), totalitarianism (Romania 1945–1989) and military dictatorship (Argentina 1976–1983). The cases provide a variety of contexts of complicity and feature the most frequently used TJ mechanisms. They serve to a) examine the relationship between the official story emerging from state-orchestrated TJ mechanisms and artistic narratives of complicity; b) contextually distinguish disclosive from obscuring artistic representations of the grey zone; c) explore the contribution of these representations to TJ efforts by studying their effect on public debates about—and institutional responses to—the past. Working at the frontiers between political science, philosophy, history, law, literature and cinema, this pioneering project has critical and institutional impact. Critically, it discloses the limits of current TJ theory and practice by emphasising the negative political effects of ignoring general complicity in violence. Institutionally, it seeks to enrich the toolkit of scholars and practitioners by pointing to the potential use of cinema and literature in civic education aimed at deterrence and reconciliation.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Maša Mrovlje
Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the encounter
published pages: , ISSN: 1470-8914, DOI: 10.1057/s41296-017-0160-9
Contemporary Political Theory 2020-01-27
2018 Mihaela Mihai
Architectural Transitional Justice? Political Renewal within the Scars of a Violent Past
published pages: , ISSN: 1752-7716, DOI:
Intl Journal of Transitional Justice 2020-01-27
2018 Mara Mrovlje
Rethinking Political Judgment
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Mihaela Mihai
Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy. By Onur Bakiner. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 328p. $65.00
published pages: 1184-1185, ISSN: 1537-5927, DOI: 10.1017/S1537592716003418
Perspectives on Politics 14/04 2020-01-27
2018 Mihaela Mihai
Introduction to the special issue Violence and the Imagination: The Politics of Narrative and Representation
published pages: , ISSN: 1369-8230, DOI:
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2020-01-27
2018 Mihaela Mihai
Understanding complicity: Memory, hope and the imagination
published pages: , ISSN: 1743-8772, DOI:
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2020-01-27
2016 Mihaela Mihai
Theorizing change: Between reflective judgment and the inertia of political Habitus
published pages: 22-42, ISSN: 1474-8851, DOI: 10.1177/1474885114537634
European Journal of Political Theory 15/1 2020-01-27
2016 Mihaela Mihai
Negative Emotions and Transitional Justice
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Mihaela Mihai
From Hate to Political Solidarity: The Art of Responsibility
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Hate, Politics, Law: Critical Perspectives on Combating Hate 2020-01-27
2016 Maša Mrovlje
Forgiveness, Representative Judgement and Love of the World: Exploring the Political Significance of Forgiveness in the Context of Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Debates
published pages: 1079-1098, ISSN: 0048-3893, DOI: 10.1007/s11406-016-9726-7
Philosophia 44/4 2020-01-27
2016 Hugh McDonnell
Europeanising Spaces in Paris, c. 1947-1962
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2015 Maša Mrovlje
Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age: Gender, Ethics and Time.
published pages: 234-236, ISSN: 1084-8770, DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2015.1122910
The European Legacy 21/2 2020-01-27
2018 Editors Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler
\"Special Issue: \"\"Violence and the Imagination: The Politics of Narrative and Representation\"\"We are not allowed to keep the full text of a journal in our repository due to copyright restrictions\"
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2020-01-27
2018 Hugh McDonnell
Complicity and Memory in Soldiers’ Testimonies of the Algerian War of Decolonisation in Esprit and Les Temps modernes
published pages: , ISSN: 1750-6980, DOI:
Memory Studies 2020-01-27
2016 Gisli Vogler
Power between habitus and reflexivity – introducing Margaret Archer to the power debate
published pages: 65-82, ISSN: 2158-379X, DOI: 10.1080/2158379X.2016.1149309
Journal of Political Power 9/1 2020-01-27
2018 Mihaela Mihai
The Caring Refusenik: A Portrait
published pages: , ISSN: 1351-0487, DOI:
Constellations 2020-01-27
2017 Maša Mrovlje
Judging Violent Resistances: Camus’s Artistic Sensibility and the Grey Zone of Rebellion
published pages: 174387211772142, ISSN: 1743-8721, DOI: 10.1177/1743872117721421
Law, Culture and the Humanities 2020-01-27
2018 Mihaela Mihai
From Hate to Political Solidarity
published pages: 192-212, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190465544.003.0010
Oxford Scholarship Online 2020-01-27

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