Anthropology of peace and war in contemporary Asia and Africa: reflections on the meaning of 'hybridity' and 'the everyday' in conflict studies
Nel Vandekerckhove (University of Amsterdam)
Louise Moe (University of Queensland and the Danish Institute of International Studies)
Survival and Extinction
Roscoe Theatre B
Wednesday 7 August, 14:30-15:30 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This panel wants to reflect on the value of concepts such as 'hybridity' and 'the everyday' in the study of war, peace and political order in Africa and Asia.

Long abstract:

In peace and conflict studies, scholars have increasingly acknowledged the crucial role of empirically based research in understanding how dynamics of peace and war play out, and affect, local communities in Africa and Asia. Central in this recent debate are the concepts of 'hybridity' and 'the everyday', highlighting the continuous processes of accommodation, negotiation and contestation between different forms of authority and power that shape political order. This panel wishes to reflect on the value of these two concepts, by bringing in wider anthropological debates on war and peace in Africa and Asia. While in the past, topics such as war, peace and state-making were rarely at the core of anthropological study, nowadays a wide range of anthropologists investigate the dynamics of war and peace in a variety of sites all over the world. Unfortunately, so far, regional knowledge and expertise on war and peace rarely meet. This panel aims not only at bringing the two disciplines together, but also to create a platform of exchange for regional experts who are willing to engage in conceptual thinking about war, peace and political order across disciplines. Central topics for discussion in this panel will be whether and how concepts such as 'hybridity' and 'the everyday' can facilitate the analysis of war, peace and political ordering, or whether we need to consider alternative conceptual approaches to further such analysis.