Peace as Violence
From Beth Heron
This talk with Professor Brandon Hamber will explore how peace processes, and the aftermath, are experienced by survivors and former combatants. It will argue that the change in context embodies a range of new forms of violence and harm for some. It will draw on case studies of empirical research with former combatants and survivors in Northern Ireland and South Africa, as well the case of some Vietnam Veterans who formed part of a recent research project. It will explore how a sequential understanding of trauma can help explain the challenge of reframing meaning away from violence once a formal peace has been established.