Everyday Reconciliation in Maluku: Interdependence vs Truth and Justice

ABSTRACT. Truth commissions and trials have been applauded as the way to move on from a violent past. Yet, some post-conflict societies manage to move toward reconciliation without the presence, or the effective presence, of these institutions. The question is why and how. I approach this question by looking at the case of Maluku, Indonesia, where reconciliation takes a distinct path: interdependence. I focus on “everyday reconciliation”, that is, reconciliation as vernacular practices; reconciliation as understood and lived at the day-to-day basis by people in Maluku.

SPEAKER. Diah Kusumaningrum is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada. She earned her PhD from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA, in 2015.

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