University of South Pacific discusses narratives of peace and conflict in SI

Published on Tue, 2/09/14 | News, Research

The School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE), The University of the South Pacific hosted a presentation from Anouk Ride on 21 August 2014.

Abstract: This presentation examines causes and manifestations of conflict in Solomon Islands. Comparison of academic literature, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (2013) and narrative analysis by a group of local creative writers, finds that research has overemphasised ethnic differences in conflict. More relevant to understanding conflict are the divisions between society and the political and militant elite, who often use state resources for their own wealth and security. The difference between Western academic and local views raises key questions about how conflict analysis includes and excludes its participants and how practitioners work with communities ‘divided yet one’.

Presenter: Dr Anouk Ride is a writer, researcher and film producer. Currently based in Solomon Islands, she has also written about conflict in Indonesia and Bougainville and co-edited a book of comparative research entitled Community Resilience in Natural Disasters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Key research interests include: social justice and social inclusion, ethnic and religious diversity, resilience, use of narrative as a diagnostic tool for interventions in conflict and disaster situations and the role of narratives in identity, conflict and peace. A full bibliography and biography is available on

Thursday, August the 21st 2014

12:30-1:30pm - CDS Seminar Room (S103)

1st Floor, Faculty of Business and Economics Building

All welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.

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