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2006 - International Studies Association Pages: 26 pages || Words: 8770 words || 
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1. Borer, Tristan. "The State of the Truth about the Truth of the State: an Overview of Lessons, Trends, and Challenges in the Field of Truth Telling" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006 <Not Available>. 2019-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p98734_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the state of the field of transitional justice, with particular focus on truth telling mechanisms, including truth commissions and tribunals. After a brief overview of the field of transitional justice, it offers both lessons learned and trends in the field, as well as challenges faced by practioners.

2008 - The Law and Society Association Words: 178 words || 
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2. Schane, Sanford. "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 27, 2008 <Not Available>. 2019-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p236374_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: There is a significant body of linguistic research on the semantic interpretation of questions. Hamblin (1973) equates a question to the set of propositions that are its possible answers, whereas Karttunen (1977) relates a question solely to the set of propositions that embody its true answers. Groenendijk and Stokhof (1997) suggest a further dichotomy between partial answers and irrelevant statements.
These semantic investigations into the relationship between questions and their answers provide for a fascinating analysis of the courtroom interaction that takes place between a questioning attorney and an answering witness who swears to tell the truth. Tiersma (1990) discusses the case of Bronston v.United States (409 U.S. 352 (1973)), where the Supreme Court drew a distinction between the truth and the whole truth, declaring that a witness whose answer is only partially true has not perjured him/herself. In this presentation I shall show how the Court’s surprising conclusion follows directly from the semantic properties of questions. In addition, the linguistic research provides a plausible account for a further distinction between the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

2008 - ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES Words: 200 words || 
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3. Kim, Hunjoon. and Geoff Dancy, Geoff. "Truth Commission Database Project: What is a Truth Commission and How Can We Understand it?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2019-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p252549_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Interest in cross-national comparison of transitional justice mechanisms has grown recently, as has the study of truth commissions specifically. However, like in many emerging areas of research, progress has been hampered by a lack of consensus as to what constitutes the universe of cases. In addition, no comprehensive database exists which carefully examines and measure the various important and intriguing aspects of truth commissions. To address these problems, this paper introduces the most comprehensive truth commission database we know to be in existence. First, we describe the process of collecting information on truth commission cases and outline our logic in determining what cases to include in the database. Then, we briefly discuss the attributes of truth commission cases included in the database and explain our reasoning regarding their inclusion. In this part, we will also examine a couple of lesser known truth commission cases – e.g. South Korea, Tajikistan, and Fiji. Finally, we discuss the various important aspects of a truth commission that would be relevant to future research – i.e. duration of a commission, temporal and geographic mandate, privileges and limitation, personnel composition and budget of a commission, final reports, and policy recommendations – and introduce a complete database.

2016 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
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4. Whitlinger, Claire. "How Civil Society-based Truth Commissions Emerge: The Case of the Mississippi Truth Commission" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, Aug 17, 2016 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1118212_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Using Event Structure Analysis, I examine how the Mississippi Truth Commission emerged in 2005 despite previous failed attempts. This paper argues that the truth commission emerged as a result of the convergence of local and global developments. By 2004 the global norm of “truth-telling” was firmly established, as was an international network of practitioners poised to support local truth-telling efforts. For a truth commission to emerge in Mississippi, however, the local environment had to be primed. The 40th anniversary commemoration of the “Mississippi Burning” murders and subsequent trial of Edgar Ray Killen, the mastermind behind the murders, helped shift opportunity structures across the state and mobilize local mnemonic entrepreneurs who would ultimately bring the Mississippi Truth Commission to fruition—at least to a point.

2017 - 4S Annual Meeting Words: 247 words || 
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5. Christidi, Nadia. "Knowing Remotely: Truth-Value and Truth-Politics at Saydnaya Prison" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston MA, Aug 30, 2017 <Not Available>. 2019-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1274180_index.html>
Publication Type: Paper Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In 2016, Amnesty International partnered with Forensic Architecture to produce a virtual three-dimensional model of the notorious Saydnaya Military Prison, located 30 km north of Damascus. At Saydnaya, an estimated 10,000-20,000 detainees are currently held in near darkness and enforced silence; their sense of their surroundings is largely limited to audible sounds – dripping water, clanking bowls, guards’ footsteps, and torture implements. With journalists and monitoring organizations barred from entry, the model relies on aerial satellite imagery and testimonies from former detainees to provide the first ever look into the complex. Significantly, acoustic and architectural modeling was combined in giving form to the prison. ‘Sound artefacts’ were used to trigger memories and recollections were matched with volume levels and ‘echo profiles,’ for instance, to infer dimensions and distances.

This paper is concerned with how presently inaccessible spaces are or might be made ‘accessible’ to researchers, civil society organizations, and general audiences. Taking the Saydnaya prison as its case study, it asks: how have modeling technologies been leveraged to produce knowledge of Saydnaya remotely? What are the contending claims over the truthfulness of the modeling process and truth-value of the model? How are the subjectivity of testimony and the goal of an objective model reconciled? And finally, how do these truth claims map onto the politics surrounding the Syrian conflict? To tackle this, the paper draws on and seeks to contribute to scholarship on truth and evidence in STS, forensic architecture, media theory, human rights, and recent Syrian history.

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