RESTORATIVE UTOPIAS IN DYSTOPIAN TIMES?

RESTORATIVE UTOPIAS IN DYSTOPIAN TIMES? After more than 10 years of working on various aspects of restorative justice, I am embarking on a new and exciting research journey. The Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) has granted me a 3 years research grant to continue working on a project that explores in-depth the shaping of restorative justice in European penal systems and policies….

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Restorative justice and terrorism: resisting evil with non-evil?

The restorative justice approach has great potential in responding to terrorist acts, and the ensuing polarization, because it focuses on forms of political and pre-political communication, exchange and encounters that are able to allow ‘difficult’ but respectful conversations in societal space.
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Imagining a justice that restores

We are imaginative about many things and find the exercise of imagination easy and pleasant, with the exception of our ideas and images of justice. They seem to be written in stone. But what if instead we used the gift of our imagination when it comes to justice?
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Art, a catalyst for restorative justice

When we think differently about justice, we represent it differently as well. In this TEDx talk, I explore how we portray justice and show how artists can support a more restorative type of justice.
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Restoring the future: thinking the refugee movements

Many people within the restorative justice movements have expressed their concern about the so-called refugee crisis, as they are trying to imagine ways to support the refugees and act together to counteract the societal or political reactions. In this piece I will highlight a few points and angles to consider, as we organize our collective efforts within the movement.
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The patience and art of weaving a village

Reading about and thinking of the fascinating and important work of our action researchers in Northern Ireland, Serbia, Austria and Hungary, an amazing encounter came to mind: a meeting with a small woman of great worth, the Sardinian artist Maria Lai.
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Uma sociedade que coloca uma pessoa contra a outra cria monstros e tem que lidar com isso

Bright Young Minds: criminologist Brunilda Pali

In this series, we put the spotlight on up-and-coming international researchers at KU Leuven to find out what they do and what makes them tick. This month: criminologist Brunilda Pali. “It’s not my style to follow someone else’s lead.”
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