Female Ex-combatants and Political Militancy in Nepal and Colombia: Bodies, Spaces and Emotions
|Lunds universitet - Lunds universitet Statsvetenskapliga inst
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 1 771 369
|September 2021 - September 2023
Purpose and goal
The project fulfilled its two objectives: 1) secure a career position for the PI in the EU, and 2) conduct a project on women ex-combatants. 1) The PI secured a position in Sweden and consolidated an independent career in the NGO sector (see website). 2) The project created innovative methods for researching post-war militancy (ex. body-mapping); formulated a theoretical framework about the embodied, emotional, and spatiotemporal dynamics of reintegration and; disseminated the results to scientific & wider audiences using innovative formats ex. booklet, podcasts, media pieces.
Expected results and effects
The project outcomes respond to all the expected impacts. Two fieldwork trips were conducted (Nepal and Colombia) with interviews with a total of 30 women ex-combatants, which led to the production of a theoretical framework on women’s post-war militancy and the following products: 5 peer-reviewed articles, 1 edited volume, 1 special issue, 2 visual booklets, 9 scientific conferences and several wide audience outputs (media pieces, and podcast episodes). Forthcoming products contribute to policy recommendations to the EU. Finally, the PI secured a permanent position in the EU.
Planned approach and implementation
The implementation followed the project’s initial design and was divided around the two main objectives. For the career path, the PI completed 5 training programs at Lund University, co-created a course, and acted as guest lecturer in several courses to disseminate the research and enhance her career. To implement the project on women ex-combatants, the PI conducted two fieldworks in Nepal and Colombia (2022) and analyzed the testimonies and observation notes through the NVivo. The project’s second year was dedicated to writing publications and producing wide-audience outputs.