The Anthropological Society will host its autumnal panel discussion (held in Finnish) in Hall 4 at Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40) on the 10th of December between 4pm and 6pm. The theme of the panel is ’Peace and War’. The event is open to all.

More details on the topic below.


‘Peace and War’ panel discussion

Various conflicts around the globe remain a topical issue from one decade to the next. Large-scale wars and smaller conflicts are entangled in ever more complex relations of power in an international situation characterized by antagonism between the great powers, challenges to democratisation, as well as religious and environmental disputes. Many anthropologists have carried out research in conflict areas – before the outbreak of conflict, during the hostilities, or after the situation has been settled. One such anthropologist is Susanne Dahlgren, who recently presented a peace plan to end the civil war in Yemen. Is anthropological expertise being utilised in building peace and understanding conflict? Who is being selected as an expert? In this panel, anthropologists, activists and NGO representatives discuss peace and war, the resolution of conflicts and working towards peace. What can anthropologists bring to the table in peace processes? Should they get involved more?


  • Antti Leppänen (University of Turku)


  • Susanne Dahlgren
  • (University of Tampere)
  • Anu Lounela  (University of Helsinki)
  • Henni Alava (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Olli Ruohomäki (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland)
  • Hussein al-Taee (Crisis Management Initiative)
  • Pekka Haavisto (European Institute of Peace)

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