Join us at EISA 2022

Members of the research group are organising the Section ” Spatializing International Relations” at EISA 2022. See description below and apply with panels, roundtables, and abstracts!

 

Analysing violent conflicts and peace processes from a spatial perspective is slowly but steadily holding entry into IR in general and peace and conflict studies in particular. Yet, there has been no sustained inquiry into linking peace and conflict with space and place. A spatial analysis can provide new and important insights into processes of peace and the dynamics of conflict as situated within and constitutive of different spaces and places. This innovative section thus explores war and peace through spatial approaches, both empirically and theoretically and in doing so advances and emplaces the field. Currently, much of the academic writing inadvertently incorporates a spatial perspective when focusing on struggles over territory, borders or resources. Institutional analysis, geo-political investigations, but also global vs. local debates and place-based perspectives assume an integral and strongly space-related part of academic frameworks. What is missing in current IR-scholarship, though, is to bring to the fore the spatial dimension of these spaces, places and sites and to assess how they condition – and are conditioned by – conflict and peace processes. These social and political practices cannot be considered detached from the particularities of the grounded sites they take place in. To fill this lacuna and to advance the spatial turn in IR, the section explores the emergence of conflict and peace as situated within and constitutive of different spaces. All panels, roundtables and papers employ space as an analytic category and develop strong theoretical contributions as well as offering new empirical insights based on original research.

Join us at EISA on 14 September

The project will be well represented at the upcoming EISA conference in Sofia, 11-14 September. Project leader Annika Björkdahl will chair a panel on “War in the City? Exploring the relationship between urban violence and armed conflict”. The panel will include the following presentations by project members:

  • The urbanization of war: Linking urban violence to armed conflict (Ivan Gusic and Annika Björkdahl)
  • Are armed conflicts becoming more urban? (Emma Elfversson and Kristine Höglund)
  • Urban encounters with violence from afar: Disturbing the ‘here’ and ‘there’ of peace and conflict analysis (Johanna Mannergren Selimovic)

Panel on Urban Violence in Troubled Cities at RGS-IBG 2019

Project members Emma Elfversson and Ivan Gusic, together with Jonathan Rokem (Kent University), arranged a panel at the annual conference of the Royal Geographic Society in London, 28-30 August. The panel sought to bring together different perspectives on urban violence, encompassing peace research, geography, urban planning, sociology and other relevant disciplines. It comprised papers on spatial dimensions of violence in postwar Colombia, the interplay between violence and architecture in Apartheid South Africa,  the (urban) clash of globalising and nationalising logics, and rural/urban patterns of ethnocommunal violence in Africa. Presentations were followed by a Q&A and constructive interdisciplinary discussion.

Special issue: The Spatiality of Violence in Postwar Cities

Following our workshop in March, we can now announce that our special issue is under way in Third World Thematics. It brings together a group of experts on urban violence in different geographic settings and applying different theoretical and methodological approaches. Two articles are already out:

Henry Thomson (2019) “Conflict termination, signals of state weakness and violent urban social disorder in the developing world”
Link to publication

Silvia Danielak (2019) “Navigating urban encounters: an infrastructural perspective on violence in Johannesburg’s taxi industry”
Link to publication

Special issue: The Spatiality of Violence in Postwar Cities

Following our workshop in March, we can now announce that our special issue is under way in Third World Thematics. It brings together a group of experts on urban violence in different geographic cities and applying different theoretical and methodological approaches. Two articles are already out:

Henry Thomson (2019) “Conflict termination, signals of state weakness and violent urban social disorder in the developing world”
Link to publication

Silvia Danielak (2019) “Navigating urban encounters: an infrastructural perspective on violence in Johannesburg’s taxi industry”
Link to publication

Workshop on the spatiality of violence in postwar cities

The project group is organizing a workshop on the spatiality of violence in postwar cities, taking place in Uppsala on 6-7 March.

Participants come from all over the world and will be discussing different aspects to violence, in different urban sites, across many different cities.

Should you like to observe, please let Ivan (ivan.gusic@svet.lu.se) know!