W035
Anthropology of peace, anthropology for peace / Anthropologie de la paix, anthropologie pour la paix

Convenors:
Roger Canals (University of Barcelona)
Andrew Canessa (University of Essex)
Gemma Celigueta Comerma (Universitat de Barcelona)
Discussant:
Gemma Orobitg (University of Barcelona)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
S304
Start time:
11 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This workshop seeks to connect anthropology with peace studies investigating (1)the multiplicity of concepts which exist around the notion of "peace" from an ethnographic perspective and (2) the role which anthropology can play in conflict resolution and establishing peace.

Long abstract:

Anthropology has historically addressed the social and cultural nature of war, conflict and violence. It nevertheless seems possible—and even necessary—to redirect this tradition towards an anthropology of peace, one which does not emphasize the logic behind the confrontation but, rather, focuses on local strategies for reformulating conflict and the multiplicity of culturally specific concepts that exist around the notion of peace. In this sense, we aim to investigate the figures and rituals of peace which aim to rebuild the social fabric. We also aim to examine the role which anthropology can play in peace and conflict resolution processes, which we call "anthropology for peace". In this section, we explore ethnical and political issues related to the anthropologist's object of study, questioning, from an anthropological perspective, the universality of the concept of "peace", as well as the criteria upon which "peace plans" are designed and implemented. With this double reflection—on an anthropology of peace and an anthropology for peace—we want to create a dialogue between anthropology and peace studies, starting from the premise that anthropology can offer new theoretical paradigms for understanding the logic of peace and for devising methodological strategies aimed at repairing and rebuilding the social fabric in the aftermath of conflict.