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Research Projects


The Cultural Heritage of Conflict 

Principal Investigators: Prof Annika Björkdahl (Lund University), Dr Stefanie Kappler (DGSi) and Dr Johanna Mannergren Selimovic (Swedish Institute of International Affairs) 

Funding Body: The Swedish Research Council (4,8 Mkr) 

Duration: January 2017 to December 2019 

Violence leaves a tangible and intangible legacy and societies emerging from war and conflict have to deal with a difficult heritage.  

The project investigates what role such difficult cultural heritage of conflict plays in transitions to peace. It explores and theorizes the links between tangible cultural heritage of material sites and things and intangible cultural heritage. The project does so by employing a conceptual framework that takes into consideration how sites and things that constitute the legacy of the conflict produce ‘social ensembles’ of agents, narratives and events. 

'The Cultural Heritage of Conflict' Project Page 


Peace and the Politics of Memory 

Principal Investigators:Dr Stefanie Kappler  (DGSi), Dr Johanna Mannergren Selimovic (Swedish Institute of International Affairs) 

Funding Body:The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (5,5 Million SEK) 

Duration: January 2017 to December 2019 

In societies emerging from violent conflict, victims, perpetrators and bystanders often live side by side, harbouring conflicting memories and experiences of violence. One of the most pressing questions concerns how the difficult past can be remembered without threatening the fragile peace of the present and future. This project investigates if and how commemoration impacts on the quality of peace, and aims to explain why commemoration may contribute to the making of a durable peace or the perpetuation of conflict. 

The project addresses the lack of detailed investigations into the fluid and frictional construction of commemoration in societies transitioning from war to peace, and thus makes an original contribution to the literatures of transitional justice and peacebuilding. Further, the project provides policy-relevant insights into how commemoration can function in support of peacebuilding. 

'Peace and the Politics of Memory' Project Page