February 27, 2014 at 4:20 am

Anthropology of International Justice: ‘Human Rights in East Timor,’ April 15

The Anthropology of International Justice spring series features Dr. Elizabeth Drexler on “Human Rights in East Timor and Indonesia” on Tuesday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center on the second floor of the Baker Center.

East TimorDrexler is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Michigan State University.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio University Anthropology Club in collaboration with the War and Peace Studies Program, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

From 1975-1999, Indonesia occupied East Timor, and civilians in East Timor were subjected to extra-judicial executions, routine and systematic torture, massacre, deliberate starvation, and other human rights abuses. Following the regime, East Timor established a truth commission to deal with past events and move forward.

Drexler has conducted extensive field research in Aceh, Indonesia, and East Timor examining how institutional mechanisms such as tribunals and truth commissions shape individual and collective narratives about past violence. Her work explores how societies address the legacies of political violence, emphasizing the relationships among institutions, transnational interventions, historical narratives, and contested memories in establishing the rule of law and reconstructing social and political life—or failing to do so.

Her current research in Indonesia and East Timor emphasizes relationships among institutions, transnational interventions, historical narratives, and contested memories.

The Anthropology of International Justice Series opened with a student panel on Imagining International Justice, a student-led discussion about the ways people around the world understand and seek justice. This panel featured five student presentations on the challenges and complexities of seeking justice in Northern Ireland, Cambodia, and the United States.

Upcoming Events

The next event in the Anthropology of International Justice Series will be a lecture by Dr. Sarah Wagner, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, on International Intervention in Post-War Srebrenica. Her lecture will take place on Thursday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in Scripps 111.

For more information, contact Dr. Haley Duschinski at

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