Wartime Order and Its Legacies

Thursday Lecture Series, Ambivalence

April 29, 2021 Thursday, 12:30pm EDT Virtual Event

This event has been postponed to Fall 2021.

  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.

What happens to institutions in areas taken over by insurgent groups? While conventional wisdom portrays war zones as chaotic and anarchic, they are often orderly. Although fear and violence exist, chaos is seldom the norm. Rather, in many places a new order emerges: there is a sense of normality—even if different from that of peacetime—and people are able to form expectations about what may or may not happen on a daily basis. That new order varies substantially across time and space: even adjacent villages and neighborhoods controlled by the same armed actor often end up living under very different institutions—that is, formal or informal rules of conduct. This talk will discuss the origins of these distinct types of order and disorder in warzones as well as a research agenda on the legacies in the post-conflict period.

Guest lecturer: Ana Arjona, Northwestern University
Associate Professor of Political Science

Please note that registering for this event will sign you up for the entire Thursday Lecture Series for the Spring 2021 semester.

Photography by Sergio Trujillo Davila

Organized by SOF Fellow Renzo Aroni

Talks in this series will be followed by discussion, including a Q&A session with the audience.

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