Considering War Experiences


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Title Considering War Experiences
Author Povrzanovic Frykman, Maja
Date 2006-09
English abstract
In contrast to political science-based Peace and Conflict Studies, the multidisciplinary curriculum of Peace and Conflict Studies at Malmö University includes anthropological perspectives on political violence. Pursuing the "what" questions while considering experiences, practices and the creation of meanings that remain invisible in top-down theories of power is seen not only as a complement to the answers attempted to "why" questions. Ethnographic insights as a basis of production of knowledge on civilians' experiences and attitudes in war- and post-war contexts are necessary for understanding the conflicts' dynamics and thus crucial in any attempt of conflict resolution and peace-keeping. The specific contribution of anthropology is indispensable, for its focus on individual agency in local circumstances, and the simultaneous grasping of how they are embedded in national and transnational contexts. A further potential of anthropological contributions to Peace and Conflict Studies refers to the course "War and Art: Representations and Interpretations", where - within a regional focus and time-span that facilitate a comparative approach - different means of representation and different modes of interpretation of war experiences (including visual arts and literature, documentary photography and films) are explored against the background of anthropological texts. Relations between private and political spheres, individual experiences and representations of groups, and definitions of insider and outsider positions are discussed, as well as political and humanitarian mobilization involved in different types of professional engagement.
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Publisher European Association of Social Anthropologists
Host/Issue 9th EASA Biennial Conference "Europe and the Wold, Conference Programme
Pages 82-83
Language eng (iso)
Subject Peace and conflict studies
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Paper Abstract. 9th EASA conference, Bristol, in Workshop 020 "Peace a... (see Details for more)
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