The Politics of Return

January 2016 to December 2019
conflicts (violent)
social repair
endemic violence
Gulu University (Uganda)
Research fields
Law and Political Science

The Politics of Return is a three-year project, running from 2017 to 2019 and hosted at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at the London School of Economics and Political Science. By analysing how refugees, internally-displaced persons and former combatants negotiate and experience 'return', the project aims to fill a large gap in current knowledge on the 'lifecycle' of conflicts in some of the world's most difficult places. Drawing on anthropology, comic journalism, history, heritage studies and political science, we will focus on the everyday experiences of those attempting to build or re-build communities in central Africa, contributing to a better understanding of how conflict-affected societies constitute or re-constitute themselves.