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Inconsistencies in researching identities in deeply divided societies

20 November 2015

The Global Insecurities Centre hosted a seminar on the inconsistencies in researching identities in deeply divided societies. Having Prof Roger Mac Ginty from the University of Manchester as guest speaker, the seminar reflected on the research challenges when investigating the notion of everyday peace and how individuals and communities navigate their way through socially awkward, and potentially dangerous, situations in deeply divided societies. Prof Mac Ginty shared with the audience that after conducting thirty interviews in Lebanon and in connecting his work with literature on local agency and hidden transcripts, concerns arised regarding how bottom-up narratives can fit into the top-down narratives and categories that are often used to describe conflict-affected areas and communities.

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