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Visualizing Peace: Photography, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

June 16, 2017

Capturing the Multiplicities of Peace: Photography, Representation and Everyday Strategies of Transition

Capturing the multiplicities of peace examines the role and representation of photography in peacebuilding programs. While there is extensive literature on photography during periods of conflict and discussions about the representations of violence, there is much less research exploring how post-conflict societies and global institutions, such as the United Nations, also reproduce homogenous notions of peace. The field of peace and conflict studies research provide extensive literature that attempt to capture what ‘peace’ means conceptually, and how conflict-affected communities can be supported in times of transition. Bringing peace studies literature to peace photography enables us to draw on their reflection on how peace, in opposition, to violence, can be capture conceptually, and hence visually. Our paper also moves beyond exploring the normative mechanisms and policy that shape aid-funded peacebuilding programs by analyzing the production of imagery by aid-funded institutions and contrasting these images with other visual documentations of peacebuilding. The paper is structured around three empirical sections, that bring attention to the spectrum of how peacebuilding is visually and conceptually represented within these policy and practice oriented fields of research.

PSRP researcher Dr Astrid Jamar and Dr Laura S. Martin (CAS) will present the abstract of a their paper.

Workshop by Invitation only

For any question and the exact time, please contact Dr Astrid Jamar: Astrid.Jamar@ed.ac.uk

The initiative is supported by a generous grant from the Social Trends Institute – an independent international research centre that sponsors examination of and dialogue about vital issues of contemporary society and values, http://socialtrendsinstitute.org, the Global Justice Academy http://www.globaljusticeacademy.ed.ac.uk/ , the Binks Trust and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI – http://www.ed.ac.uk/divinity/research/centres/theology-public-issues ), at the University of Edinburgh.

Theme: conflict transformation, concepts

Photo: Gacaca courts – ©Elisa Finocchiaro


June 16, 2017
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