The cultural turn in peace research: prospects and challenges

Date/Time: Wed 18 Oct / 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room N402, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus

School of Social Sciences (SOSS)

Anthropology Public Seminars

The cultural turn in peace research: prospects and challenges

The local turn in peace research emphasizes the role of cultural context and culturally determined conceptualizations of conflict, security and peace. It emerged as a critique of the liberal peace paradigm that promotes an alliance of democracy, economic development and peace. However, an epistemological turn towards culture has not yet taken place due to long-standing solutionist and quantitative traditions, but also due to difficulties dominant peace and conflict studies disciplines have in conceptualizing the local and culture. Drawing on lessons learned from previous cultural turns in conflict and peace theory the paper argues for a twofold cultural turn in peace studies, with regard to the repositioning of anthropology and a change in research culture.

Dr. Bräuchler joined Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, from Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2015. She obtained her PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 2005 and did her habilitation at Goethe-University Frankfurt in 2014. She held postdoctoral and visiting fellowships at the Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore), the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV, Leiden) and the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University.

Her research interests lie in peace and conflict studies; media and cyber anthropology; cultural rights and revival of tradition; anthropology of law and religion; Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia.

Wednesday 18 Oct

TIME 10:30am – 12:00pm

Monash University
Room N402,
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
Clayton Campus

For further information, please contact  Birgit Bräuchler on 99020102

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