This is the inaugural event for the new EASA network PACSA (Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology).
In 2005, the Board of EASA established the new network PACSA (Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology). This panel is the inaugural event for PACSA. In it, a number of distinguished anthropologists working in the field of peace and conflict studies will explore questions such as: (1) What can anthropology contribute to peace and conflict studies in general? (2) What are some of the ethical and normative issues involved in making sense of extreme violence? (3) How can we make anthropological understandings relevant to processes of conflict prevention/resolution and policy-making? <br/>From recent years' anthropological publications, workshops and debates, it can be gleaned that issues of armed conflict and other forms of organised violence, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, etc, have moved to the mainstream of anthropological research. Whereas, initially, the question was whether and how anthropologists could and should study such issues, the research agenda of anthropological peace and conflict studies has since been taken further in terms of both methodology and theory. It is PACSA's mission to contribute to this development, not least by bringing together anthropologists who conduct 'fieldwork under fire', or more generally work in the area of peace and conflict studies.