This workshop examines the global spread of "reparations politics" - that is, of attempts to come to terms with past injustices through the vehicle of monetary and other kinds of compensation. It asks: how and why has this approach to dealing with historical injustices become a worldwide phenomenon? Why has the past become so central to contemporary world politics? What consequences flow from this approach to dealing with the past?
We will address these issues, which so far have received virtually no treatment outside the ranks of legal scholars and those analyzing cultural property restitution claims, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives - historical, sociological, anthropological, legal, and pedagogical. This interdisciplinary approach is essential if we are to do justice to the far-reaching significance of reparations campaigns to a panoply of institutions including states, churches, international organizations, and academe itself - not to mention the millions of potential recipients of reparations.