The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security

Call for Panel Proposals for 6th Bi-annual meeting of the Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA). Closing date: 15 January 2017

Conflict and peace-making have fundamentally shaped and remade boundaries and relationships in the world we live in. These transformations include processes of inclusion and exclusion that accompany conflicts and the efforts to resolve, transform or secure them. Inclusion is commonly associated with peace rather than conflict, but violent means are often justified in inclusive or productive terms: the renewal of a unified people, the protection of a national economy, or the toppling of an old regime to make way for a more inclusive future.

Whether it is peace-making, conflict or securitisation: boundaries, borders and relationships are frequently reified, contested or hardened through these processes. In this sense, both conflict and peace are interrelated ordering principles at the heart of which lie questions about inclusion and exclusion, relation and disconnection. As some are drawn into the centre of a violent cause, others might be ostracized, targeted or displaced as inevitable Others. Similarly, approaches to peacemaking and conflict transformation – often seeking to be inclusive – might lead to unintended exclusive consequences. As peace-making tends to involve power struggles, its outcomes can lead to new grievances and renewed conflict.

(...) Building on these conceptual underpinnings, we encourage proposals for panels that engage with issues relating to peace, conflict and securitisation through the lens of inclusion and exclusion.

Call for Panel Proposals
The meeting will take between 28-30 August 2017 in Amsterdam.