Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students
Primary Theme: Violence
Secondary Theme: Truth and reconciliation
This panel examines the challenges that emerging democracies confront when implementing a peace (i.e. the absence of declared war) in El Salvador, Colombia, and Nepal. We bring together cases that stress intersectional theory as analytically significant for analyzing how structural and everyday forms of violence blur conceptual divisions of “conflict” and “post-conflict” or “hegemony” and “domination” in their understandings and implementation of the dominant notion of peace. Drawing on our ethnographic research, this panel aims to complicate the political imaginary of peace, peacemaking, and peacebuilding by grappling with key dilemmas that the continuation of certain forms of violence place undermine dominant narratives of “peace.” Panelists ask what the dominant notion of peace reveals about the limits of liberal democracy, and how grassroots peacebuilding efforts demonstrate resistance, resilience, and forms of adaptation that challenge or create alternative understandings of peace.