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JPR vol. 2 no. 2 Double Exposures, cover design by Tjebbe van Tijen

Journal of Perpetrator Research (JPR)
~special issue on photography~

How do we define, understand and encounter the figure of the perpetrator of political violence? What can we discern about their motivations, and how can that help society and policy-makers in countering and preventing such occurrences? How are perpetrators represented in a variety of memory spaces including art, film, literature, television, theatre, commemorative culture and education?

These are among the fundamental questions informing the Journal of Perpetrator Research (JPR), an inter-disciplinary journal fostering scholarly discussions about perpetrators and perpetratorship across the broader continuum of political violence.
JPR is published by Winchester University Press.

Promotional poster of Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger’s exhibition ‘Double Take’ at C/O Amerika Haus, Berlin, April 2019 © S. Benzaquen-Gautier.

In 2019, one of the editors, Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier, invited Creative Court director Rabiaâ Benlahbib to participate in a roundtable, along with Wulandani Dirgantoro, Kobi Kabalek, Zuzanna Dziuban, Lovro Kralj and Tjebbe van Tijen. As a springboard for discussion, the participants received a picture of one of the promotional posters for Swiss artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger’s exhibition Double Take at C/O Amerika Haus in Berlin (16 March–1 June 2019).

Subsequently, Rabiaâ Benlahbib wrote an article in which she explores the relation between photography and perpetratorship. Departing from the notion that photography in itself can be an act of perpetratorship, she raises questions about responsibility when commissioning, looking at, sharing or taking a photograph.

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Benlahbib, R., 2019. Photography, Perpetratorship and Responsibility. Journal of Perpetrator Research, 2(2), pp.37–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21039/jpr.2.2.48

Dr Susanne C. Knittel (Utrecht University)
Dr Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier (University of Nottingham)

Sofía Forchieri (Utrecht University)

Layout & Typesetting
Sofía Forchieri (Utrecht University)
Dr Kári Driscoll (Utrecht University)

Support for this publication comes from:
The University of Winchester
Utrecht University
The Dutch Research Council (NWO)