Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Peace as Violence
On 10 March 2021, I presented a paper entitled "Peace as Violence" at the “Understanding Violence Seminar Series” hosted by the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. This talk explored how peace processes, and the aftermath, are experienced by survivors and former combatants. It argues that the change in context embodies a range of new forms of violence and harm for some. It draws on case studies of empirical research with former combatants and survivors in Northern Ireland and South Africa, as well as the case of some Vietnam Veterans who formed part of a recent research project. It explores how a sequential understanding of trauma can help explain the challenge of reframing meaning away from violence once a formal peace has been established.