Research seminar: At War for Peace – University of Copenhagen

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Research seminar: At War for Peace

CRIC invites to a research seminar with Helga Þórólfsdótti who is visiting researcher at CRIC from University of Iceland.

The research seminar will revolve around Helga’s paper which is a presentation of an ongoing PhD study on how Iceland’s participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) peace operation in Afghanistan has been officially explained and individually experienced.

Please register at no later than Wednesday 11th June 2014. The paper will be sent to you when you have registered.

The purpose of the paper is to study how stories´we tell of who we are and who we are not` as Westerners and ´who the others are’  (Yuval-Davis, 2010), enable the use military force in the name of peace. Attention is paid to how these stories relate to Western identity narratives and discourses of militarism.

The study is framed as a multi-sided ethnography (Marcus, 1995)  and uses auto-ethnography to reflect on Helga’s own experience working as a civilian peacekeeper on behalf of the Icelandic Crises Response Unit within a Norwegian led ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Northern Afghanistan July 2009 - May 2010.

Helga is writing her PhD thesis in Anthropology (University of Iceland) and works as a teacher and independent consultant for Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, specialised in women, peace and security.
Helga has experience working as a humanitarian aid professional in armed conflicts and natural disasters and has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Peace studies, conflict resolution and social work is Helga’s educational background.

About research seminars
The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants.