Dr Lia Kent1, Dr Damian Grenfell2, Bronwyn Winch2, Emily Toome2
1Australian National University, , Australia, 2RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Chair: Dr Lia Kent
In Timor-Leste, as in other post-conflict societies, the dead have been treated as peripheral in peacebuilding and transitional justice processes. This panel underscores the degree to which the dead – in particular those who died during the Indonesian occupation – must be understood as central in the processes through which families and communities make sense of the violence of the past. It examines some of the myriad ways in which the dead matter to the living, and what the recovery, reburial, and honouring of the conflict-dead accomplishes politically, socially, culturally and in terms of wellbeing.