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Persisting Fault Lines? What essays can tell us about pupils’ conflict and peace narratives in Côte d’Ivoire and who shapes them

Date:
Monday 22nd February 2021
Time:
4.30pm-5.30pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

Nearly one decade after the post-electoral crisis, Côte d’Ivoire has yet to come to terms with the past. Formerly opposing groups still hold on to their understanding of the Ivorian civil war and post-electoral crisis.

In this research seminar, Dr. Line Kuppens analyses how adolescents who have grown up in this context of fragile peace interpret and represent the violent past, and how their views have been shaped by their community. Presenting insights from 905 essays collected among secondary school students in Abidjan and Bouaké, she shows that at least one third of adolescents reproduces conflict narratives, largely informed by communication with family and peers.

The indicated persistence of old fault-lines calls for a renewed investment in the reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire. By teaching to understand the violent past from the perspective of the other, schools could constitute an ideal setting to transform conflict narratives and improve inter-group relations. This would require the country to break with its current curricular silence.

Speakers

Dr Line Kuppens

Line Kuppens is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA). Her research focuses on the role of education as a peace-building tool in post-conflict countries, specifically Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. Prior to joining the Centre, Line gained extensive experience within the field of international education, working both as a scholar and a practitioner in varied settings in South-East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia) and in Sub-Saharan Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia).

All are welcome to attend. For details on attending please contact sophia.little@stmarys.ac.uk

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Date:
Monday 22nd February 2021
Time:
4.30pm-5.30pm
Venue:
Online via Zoom

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For more information about this event please contact Prof Anna Lise Gordon (Director - Institute of Education):
Email: annalise.gordon@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4053

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