Space of hope for Lebanon’s missing: promoting transitional justice through a digital memorial

E.I. van Ommering, Reem el Soussi

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This article explores how a digital memorial for forcibly disappeared persons
contributes to transitional justice in Lebanon. It presents the joint establishment
of an interactive digital memorial by a collective of nongovernmental organizations, relatives of missing persons, and youth volunteers. The case study is situated in debates on transitional justice, calls for democratization of collective memories and archives, and discussions on new information and communication technologies. The article demonstrates how the development and launch of Fushat Amal (Space for Hope) is shaped and confi ned by postwar sociopolitical realities that are all but favorable to memorialization or justice-seeking initiatives. It highlights how digitalized memories can open up spaces that remain closed in the offl ine world, enabling survivors to share their stories, build collectives, demand recognition, and advocate for justice. At the same time, the authors discuss the limitations of digital memorials in relation to questions of access, ownership, and sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-188
JournalConflict and Society: Advances in Research
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017


  • civil society
  • digital memorial
  • forced disappearance
  • Lebanon
  • transitional justice


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