Call for Papers: Transitional Justice in the United States Workshop

Manuscript workshop to be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022

on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis

The Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis invites submissions for a daylong manuscript workshop for early career scholars working on topics related to transitional justice in the United States. In recent years, scholars have increasingly looked to transitional justice as a framework for addressing the history and persistence of racial injustice in the United States. Challenges abound: Are transitional justice and its aims applicable to the United States? How might practitioners adapt transitional justice to be fitting to the American context? What does transitional justice look like on the local level in the United States? What is the relationship between transitional justice and existing movements for racial justice in the United States?

Workshop participants will receive feedback on article- or chapter-length works in progress from each other, and from transitional justice scholars Raff Donelson (Penn State Dickinson Law) and Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign). Early career scholars (graduate students, postdocs, and contingent and pre-tenure faculty) in all disciplines, as well as recent advanced degree recipients working outside the academy, are welcome to apply. Meals, transportation and lodging expenses will be paid in full for all participants. To apply, please email an abstract (500 words or less) and CV to event organizer Joe Bartzel ( by Friday, April 1. For selected participants, full drafts of workshop submissions will be due Friday, April 29.

This event is made possible by support from the Social Science Research Council’s Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellowship, with funds provided by the Fetzer Institute.