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Arnaud Kurze

Assistant Professor, Justice Studies

Dickson Hall 352
BA, Sciences Po, France
MA, University of Hagen, Germany
PhD, George Mason University
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Arnaud Kurze is Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. His scholarly work on transitional justice in the post-Arab Spring world focuses particularly on youth activism, art and collective memory.

Dr. Kurze was appointed a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, from 2016-2018, studying youth resilience in North Africa and the Middle East. He has published widely in academic journals, contributed to edited volumes and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for government and international organizations. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book New Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice: Gender, Art & Memory.


Transitional Justice, Social Movements and Human Rights


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Research Projects

Youth Activism, Art and Transitional Justice: Emerging Spaces of Memory after the Jasmine Revolution

This project explores the creation of alternative transitional justice spaces in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing from post-authoritarian Tunisia, it scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change. Although these vanguard protesters provoked the overthrow of President Zine El Abdine Ben Ali in 2011, the power vacuum was quickly filled by old elites. The exclusion of young revolutionaries from political decision-making led to unprecedented forms of mobilization to account for repression and injustice under the ancien regime. During this process, art served as a medium to create these innovative spaces of deliberation. The study builds on Foucault's concept of heterotopia -- spaces of otherness that are simultaneously physical and mental -- to fuel new insights on the challenges associated with generating spaces of memory and accountability. It is based on over three dozen in-depth narrative interviews with local actors and content analysis of art campaigns and collective action. The findings demonstrate that the emergence of this new fragile spatiality is nevertheless contingent on contested visions and memories of Tunisia's secularist and Islamist political traditions.