Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 679308
Sist endret: 26. september 2020, 00:10

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 679308
Sist endret: 26. september 2020, 00:10

Societal Transformation in Conflict Contexts (TRANSFORM)


Cindy Horst
ved PRIO - Institutt for fredsforskning

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • PRIO - Institutt for fredsforskning


  • Norges forskningsråd
    Prosjektkode: 261718


Start: 1. mai 2017 Slutt: 1. desember 2020

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Societal Transformation in Conflict Contexts (TRANSFORM)

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In times of radical uncertainty and flux, how do individual deeds inspire collective action or lead to new institutional practices in ways that determine the direction a society takes? What can we learn from conflict contexts about the driving forces of societal transformation?

TRANSFORM studies the small but often heroic everyday acts of common people who attempt to challenge dehumanizing trends of exclusion and abuse in violent conflict and civil war. The project involves a close examination of the origins of individual deeds in violent conflict, and the process by which these acts encourage collective action and new institutional practices. 

The individual, social and institutional drivers of transformation have not been studied systematically within one project, as disciplinary divides often prevent insights on one from informing research on the others. Thus, the project aims to make a theoretical contribution to the agency-structure impasse in the social sciences and humanities - an impasse that hides a fundamental disagreement about the driving forces of societal transformation. 

TRANSFORM combines a strong social-anthropological and political philosophical curiosity about the normative aspects of moral acts in situations of radical uncertainty with empirical research on actual practices and processes during transformative moments in the history of violent conflict and civil war in Syria, Somalia and Myanmar.

Data collection combines life histories and institutional ethnography with a new method that uses graphic illustrations in focus group discussions, and will take place in the three countries and/or among refugee communities from these countries in the region and in Norway. Collecting data on the societal impacts of ordinary citizens' moral counter-acts of empathy, care and protection in conditions of suffering and marginalization, TRANSFORM aims to make a ground-breaking contribution to the newly established field of the 'anthropology of the good'.



Cindy Horst

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    ved PRIO - Institutt for fredsforskning
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Resultater Resultater

Collective hope in dark times: Refugee political agency influencing migration trajectories.

Horst, Cindy. 2020, PRIOVitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel

Responsibility to protest: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of motives for protest participation in Myanmar.

Stapnes, Trude; Carlquist, Erik; Horst, Cindy. 2020, Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology. ONH, UIO, PRIOVitenskapelig artikkel

Refugees, Peacebuilding, and the Anthropology of the Good.

Horst, Cindy. 2019, Georgetown University Press. PRIOVitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel

Miracles in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt and Refugees as ‘Vanguard’.

Horst, Cindy; Lysaker, Odin. 2019, Journal of Refugee Studies. UIA, PRIOVitenskapelig artikkel

No Peace in a Ceasefire: Women’s Agency in the Kachin Conflict.

Nilsen, Marte. 2019, Routledge. PRIOVitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel
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