Presentation Title

Peace and Conflict Studies Journal Inaugural PCSJ Conference

Start Date

10-2-2021 1:45 PM

End Date

10-2-2021 2:45 PM

Proposal Type

Presentation

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The History of an almost invisible concept: How the study of conflict and violence led to peace studies in Colombia and Peru.

The study of politics in the Andean Region is intimately linked to the study of violence. Since their declarations of independence, Colombia and Peru have been shaped by the presence of political violence in different form. However, the study of peace has been strangely avoided in both Colombian and Peruvian academia. Colombia has a long tradition of conflict and violence studies, and Peru still has to provide meaning insight in the peace body of knowledge. This presentation aims to shed some light into that void, arguing that the study of violence in Colombia and Peru has focused on the description of violent phenomena due political pressure. Only in the case of Colombia in the late 90s, with the introduction of peace scholars, it is possible to perceive the implementation of peace studies approaches that defends that violence is a construct linked to structural and cultural inequalities. This paper presents a description of the academic production regarding the study of violence in both countries, concluding that peace studies have contributed with original theoretical concepts, like territorial peace, in the case of Colombia, and that peace studies approaches will have a meaningful contribution in the study of the Peruvian conflict.

This presentation also sheds light in to the difficulties to introduce and to apply peace studies approaches in the Latin American context, arguing that social inequalities and political culture makes the discipline of peace studies and uncomfortable topic for Latin American academia.

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Peace and Conflict Studies Journal Inaugural PCSJ Conference

The History of an almost invisible concept: How the study of conflict and violence led to peace studies in Colombia and Peru.

The study of politics in the Andean Region is intimately linked to the study of violence. Since their declarations of independence, Colombia and Peru have been shaped by the presence of political violence in different form. However, the study of peace has been strangely avoided in both Colombian and Peruvian academia. Colombia has a long tradition of conflict and violence studies, and Peru still has to provide meaning insight in the peace body of knowledge. This presentation aims to shed some light into that void, arguing that the study of violence in Colombia and Peru has focused on the description of violent phenomena due political pressure. Only in the case of Colombia in the late 90s, with the introduction of peace scholars, it is possible to perceive the implementation of peace studies approaches that defends that violence is a construct linked to structural and cultural inequalities. This paper presents a description of the academic production regarding the study of violence in both countries, concluding that peace studies have contributed with original theoretical concepts, like territorial peace, in the case of Colombia, and that peace studies approaches will have a meaningful contribution in the study of the Peruvian conflict.

This presentation also sheds light in to the difficulties to introduce and to apply peace studies approaches in the Latin American context, arguing that social inequalities and political culture makes the discipline of peace studies and uncomfortable topic for Latin American academia.