Many violences, Many Peaces: Wolfgang Dietrich and Jenny Pearce in conversation

New peer-reviewed article in "Peacebuilding" by Jenny Pearce (London School of Economics) and Wolfgang Dietrich (University of Innsbruck).

This conversation between two peace scholars who have been deeply involved in Latin America and influenced by their experience and research in the region, discusses how this has shaped their understanding of peace and violence. The conversation ranges from their early research and human rights work during the revolutionary civil wars of Central America, to encounters with indigenous cosmovisions of the region, to experiences of the military dictatorships and struggles for democracy of the Southern Cone and Andean countries. This leads to the themes of many peaces (Dietrich) and many violences (Pearce). In the process of the dialogue, they emphasise how each acknowledges the significance of the material inequalities that generate violence in the region. However, each has reached their understanding of ‘transrationality’ (Dietrich) and ‘emotional enlightenment’ (Pearce), as ways of thinking about peace, including but beyond the material.

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About the Authors

Jenny Vanessa Pearce  


Jenny Vanessa Pearce is Research Professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre of the London School of Economics (LSE). She is a Political Scientist who uses anthropological methods to study issues of violence, power, social change and participation in Latin America. Between 2016 and 2018 she was Principal Investigator on the ESRC/Newton Conacyt research project Co-Constructing Security Agendas in Mexico from Community to the State. Her latest book is: Politics Without Violence? Towards a Post Weberian Enlightenment, Forthcoming, London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Wolfgang Dietrich

Wolfgang Dietrich

Wolfgang Dietrich, UNESCO Chairholder, is head of the Unit and director of the MA Program for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck/Austria, author of more than 300 academic writings on peace and conflict. His opus magnum, the trilogy on Many Peaces (German original 2008, 2012, 2015) has been translated into various languages and last been issued in Arabic and Portuguese. 





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