Arts and accountability in the Syrian and Palestinian context

Brigitte Herremans’ postdoctoral research project investigates the relation between arts and accountability in the Syrian and Palestinian contexts. In the Syrian context, she explores how informal practices, in the artistic domain and civil society realm, can counter the erasure and invisibilisation of injustices. In the Palestinian context, she examines how contemporary literary writing can provide a complementary layer to legal and criminal accountability initiatives. In both cases, the project aims to uncover the complementarity between artistic practices and accountability efforts, looking how cultural production can enrich the understanding of accountability and contribute to truth-seeking, memorialization and documentation.