The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security
Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion

The 6th Bi-annual Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology meeting (PACSA) takes place in Amsterdam 28-30 August 2017

Conference theme

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. 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. In particular, security and forms of securitisation, as part of major ordering mechanisms, play a key role here. In the name of security, freedom is protected, borders are militarised and interventions justified, often in ahistorical, depoliticised ways. Questions about inclusion/exclusion are central to our understanding about how dynamics of peace, conflict and security interrelate.

In cooperation with the Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology network (PACSA), Anthropology of Security Network, SECURCIT (University of Amsterdam), and the Dept. of Anthropology (VU University Amsterdam).

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