Two important dissemination events were recently carried out within the framework of the project “Peaceful Coexistence? ‘Traditional’ and ‘Non-traditional’ Conflict Resolution Mechanisms”, funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research.
The project analyzed the forms of coexistence between ‘traditional’ (indigenous, local, community-based) and ‘non-traditional’ (imported, liberal, state-based, Western) approaches to conflict resolution. Its central line of inquiry examines whether the coexistence of traditional and non-traditional mechanisms of conflict resolution leads to tension and competition between these mechanisms, thereby potentially furthering conflict, or whether the coexistence leads to more (or better) conflict resolution options for the population, thereby promoting conflict settlement processes and outcomes. The three case study countries for the project are Colombia, Liberia, and Northeast India.
Janel B. Galvanek, Senior Project Manager for the project, gave a presentation together with one of the project’s partners, Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya, at a symposium of the EU-India Social Science and Humanities Platform (EqUIP) called “Power Structures, Conflict Resolution and Social Justice” held in Sohna, Haryana, India. She also used this opportunity to visit with the project partners at the Malaviya Center for Peace Research at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India.
Furthermore, Janel was invited to present the project’s findings at the 26th biennial conference of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) at the end of November 2016. The event took place in Freetown, Sierra Leone and was the first time that the IPRA conference was held in sub-Saharan Africa. At both dissemination events the topics and findings of the project were well received and greeted with great interest, particularly from those who live and work in countries with dual (traditional and state) legal systems.