On Thursday, April 13th Roger MacGinty of Durham University and Everyday Peace Indicators project hosted the M&E Thursday Talks to lead a discussion on “Follow that car! Telling the story of conflict and peacebuilding through material objects.“
M&E Thursday Talk – Follow that car! Telling the story of conflict and peacebuilding through material objects from DME for Peace on Vimeo.
Researchers, including Monitoring and Evaluation specialists, face a crisis of access in many conflict and post-conflict areas. Often it is too dangerous to conduct on-site research and so researchers have to be innovative in the methodologies they use and may have to investigate proxies for the phenomenon they wish to observe. This webinar was based on a case study of following material objects (the social life of things) as a way of narrating conflict, peacebuilding and humanitarianism. It will illustrate how 4×4 (SUV) usage in Darfur can be useful in putting together a conflict analysis. It draws on an on-going research project that engages in methodological scoping in relation to peacekeeping data and humanitarian information systems.
About the Speaker:
Roger Mac Ginty is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester. He runs the Everyday Peace Indicators Project (along with Pamina Firchow) and works, more generally, on the issue of the top-down meets the bottom-up in peacebuilding. He edits the journal Peacebuilding, and his latest books include Conflict and Development (co-authored with Andrew Williams), and International Peacebuilding and Local Resistance: Hybrid forms of peace.