Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development

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Book Launch

Date & time

Wednesday 16 May 2018


Atrium, Hedley Bull Building #130, corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Prof Michael Wesley, Dean of the College of Asia & the Pacific at ANU and Joanne Wallis, Senior Lecturer, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), ANU


Julia Ahrens

Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development engages with the possibilities and pitfalls of the increasingly popular notion of hybridity. The hybridity concept has been embraced by scholars and practitioners in response to the social and institutional complexities of peacebuilding and development practice. In particular, the concept appears to be well-suited to making sense of the sometimes unanticipated outcomes of interactions between different actors and institutions in the socially complex, local contexts that typify many contemporary international peacebuilding and development engagements. At the same time, it has been criticised from a variety of perspectives for overlooking critical questions of history, power and scale.

The authors in this interdisciplinary collection draw on the in depth knowledge of peacebuilding and development contexts in different parts of Asia, the Pacific and Africa to examine the messy and dynamic realities of hybridity ‘on the ground’. By critically exploring the power dynamics, and the diverse actors, ideas, practices and sites that shape hybrid peacebuilding and development across time and space, this book offers fresh insights to hybridity debates that will be of interest to both scholars and practitioners.

Sinclair Dinnen is an Associate Professor with the Department of Pacific Affairs in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. He undertakes socio-legal research in the independent Melanesian countries of the Southwest Pacific. He recently co-edited (with Matthew Allen) State-building and State Formation in the Western Pacific – Solomon Islands in Transition? (Routledge, 2016).

Miranda Forsyth is Associate Professor at RegNet and also a Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs in the College of Asia and Pacific at ANU. In July 2015 she completed a three year ARC Discovery funded project to investigate the impact of intellectual property laws on development in Pacific Island countries. Miranda is the author of A Bird that Flies with Two Wings: Kastom and State Justice Systems in Vanuatu (2009) ANU ePress and co-author of Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small island Developing States, Intersentia 2015.

Lia Kent is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and a member of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ). Her research interests are in the areas of transitional justice, memory studies, peacebuilding, and gender studies, with a geographic focus on Timor-Leste. Dr Kent’s book, The Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor (Routledge 2012) interrogates the gap between the official claims made for transitional justice and local expectations.

Srinjoy Bose is Lecturer in International Relations at UNSW (Sydney), and was previously COFUND (Marie Sklowodska-Curie Action) Research Fellow at Durham University, UK. He is co-editor of Afghanistan – Challenges and Prospects (Routledge, 2017) and co-guest editor of the journal special issues ‘Critical Hybridity in Peacebuilding and Development’ (Third World Thematics: a TWQ Journal 2(4), 2018) and ‘Elections and the State: Critical Perspectives on Democracy Promotion in Afghanistan’ (Conflict, Security and Development 16(6), 2016).”

Joanne Wallis is a Senior Lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific at the ANU. Her books include Constitution Making during State Building (CUP 2014) and Pacific Power? Australia’s Strategy in the Pacific Islands (MUP 2017).

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