Presentation and discussion of research results on recomposition processes in Angola since 2002
Angola has gone through long periods of armed violence - during the war for independence (1961-1974), during the decolonization conflict (1974/75) and, most importantly, during the civil war (1975-2002. These experiences had profound impacts, in political, economic, social and psychic terms. After 2002, recomposition processes started on all these levels, and are still in progress. It is on these processes that the panel proposes to focus its attention. Its background is a major project on the impacts of protracted violence in Angola, coordinated by the conveners and composed of 19 (mostly Angolan) junior and senior scholars linked to the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, political science, and psychology. Under way since 2007, this project has been focusing on a wide range of aspects and regional situations. It is the intention of the panel to put the research results of the project to use for a double effort, shared with colleagues who have been working on Angola in other contexts: on the one hand, its aim is to complete, as far as possible, the overview of the specific aspects and situations which have to be taken into account for an analysis of the overarching recomposition processes; on the other hand, to discuss, on the basis of the empirical evidence available, the analytical adequacy and fruitfulness of approaches so far proposed for an understanding of the global processes. Papers focusing on specific aspects/situations as well as papers presenting/discussing global approaches to the ongoing recomposition processes are thus welcome.