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Then, and only then, may we speak of a proper collective political apology. Official apologies can fail, however, if the ‘rhetorical agency’ (Villadsen 2008, 34), which is necessary for convincingly speaking on the behalf of a collective, is lacking or inadequate. A number of factors have been identified and are currently tested in a research project on ‘Apologies and Reconciliation in International Relations’ at the University of Munich (Daase and Engert 2008). 3 With regard to the person who makes an apology, two aspects seem to be crucial: status and role.
These events marked a new temporality and resultant new type of politics (Olick 2007). Because socialist hopes of a post-nationalist horizon had been dashed, grievances were now framed in terms of ethnic and national histories, which some observers interpreted as a regressive political imaginary of identity politics that divided peoples and occluded the persistence of structural oppression and inequality (Rolph-Trouillot 2000, 171–86; Torpey 2006). 1 Certainly, there is no doubting the transnational extent of apologies by governments, heads of state, professional and commercial groups, religious organizations and spiritual leaders to exploited individuals and abused communities, living and dead (Celermajer 2009; Nobles 2008; Torpey 2002; Cunningham 1999, 285–93).
Teitel, Ruti G. (2000), Transitional Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Thompson, Janna (2002), Taking Responsibility for the Past: Reparation and Historical Justice (Cambridge: Polity). Thompson, Janna (2006), ‘Collective Responsibility for Historic Injustices’, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 30/1, 154–67. Villadsen, Lisa Storm (2008), ‘Speaking on Behalf of Others: Rhetorical Agency and Epideictic Functions in Official Apologies’, Rhetoric Society Quarterly 38/1, 25–45. Wiesenthal, Simon (1998), The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (New York/NY: Schocken Books).