Call for Papers: Displaced Narratives: Story-telling in studying war and displacement

PACSA Meeting 2017 – Amsterdam
The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security
Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion
6th Bi-annual Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology meeting (PACSA)
28-30 August 2017, Amsterdam
 

Call for Papers for a Panel:
Displaced Narratives: Story-telling in studying war and displacement
Convenors:
Katarzyna Grabska, Senior Research Fellow, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, katarzyna.grabska@graduateinstitute.ch
Cindy Horst, Research Professor and Research Director, Peace Research Institute Oslo, cindy@prio.org
There is increasing attention to the power of individual and collective stories in academia and beyond. Stories inform the actions of human beings and impact where they are moving, individually and as a society. Individuals – including researchers and their informants – activate new stories that transport others to new points of view and can change meaning, action and thus the future. As bell hooks argues, theorizing about personal experience not only posits the personal as critical to understanding socio-political social boundaries; but makes it possible to consider how the personal provides room to create alternative narratives. To what extend can storytelling be used as a method to study war, peace and displacement? We invite contributions that use different story-telling methods to unravel the complexities of inclusion and exclusion that accompany the trajectories of refugees and displaced people, including, but not limited to, innovative use of graphic design, literature and poetry, film and therapeutic performance, and the traditional life history method. In what ways do these methods reveal different understandings of the temporal and spatial aspects of displacement? What are the challenges in designing such research, and what type of insights can we develop as researchers? What are the limits in using a story-telling approach? How is this approach a way of excavating both hidden agency and power hierarchies in displacement?
To submit your paper proposals, please follow the instructions on the PACSA conference website:
The deadline for paper submissions is Sunday 2 April, 2017.
A pdf-version of the call for papers is available on PACSA’s website.