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Infrastructural approaches to the study of peace

Advancing methodological and epistemological perspectives

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17 September 2024

10:00 - 12:00 CEST


Sala Belvedere

Villa Schifanoia

Exploring the transformative potential of infrastructural approaches in peace studies, this event emphasises their capacity to illuminate latent global processes and reframe peace discourse.

This roundtable explores infrastructural approaches to peace work. Building on socio-material, affective, and relational theories in politics, International Relations, and sociology and across cognate fields, the participants are invited to reflect on what an infrastructural approach offers to the field of peace studies.

Infrastructural frameworks have the potential to capture latent, enduring, and structural processes and relationships, and to develop an analysis of how global fields get activated, mobilised, and re-ordered, as well as how knowledge is produced and disseminated through materially-grounded iterative processes. While making inroads in related fields, when it comes to the study of peace, the contribution of such infrastructural approaches has yet to be articulated beyond its formulation within early scholarship on the so-called local turn, and beyond a recent turn to post-humanism that focuses mainly on physical materiality of conflicts and peace.

The event aims to further advance this emerging research agenda, explore the methodological and epistemological implications of an infrastructural turn, invite reflections on the productive power of infrastructures from a relational and socio-material perspective, and articulate the promise of infrastructural approaches for navigating a series of core paradoxes in peace studies. 


Mia Saugman


Nicolas Lemay-Hébert (The Australian National University)

Jonathan Luke Austin (University of Copenhagen)

Elisa Randazzo (University College London)

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