Witnessing Peace: Becoming Agents Under Duress in Colombia


Location: C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Janna Hunter-Bowman is Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a Scholar in Residence at the Kroc Institute during Fall 2019. She is also a member of the Kroc Institute’s Advisory Board.

This lecture will reflect on war-affected communities through periods of open conflict, the lead-up to an historical comprehensive peace agreement, and the first year of its implementation in order to offer crucial lessons about transitioning from violence to a more justpeace. Based on years of participant-observation research, it begins with the encounter of marginalized voices and academic theories in Colombia, with the experiences and worldviews of colonized communities in active war zones and the approaches that ostensibly champion their cause. Hunter-Bowman's upcoming book, Witnessing Peace Under Duress: Becoming Agents in Colombia, brings particular experiences and theological ways of knowing into conversation with liberal philosophy, cultural anthropology,religious and theological studies, and peace studies to suggest a method for thinking about non-triumphal participation in nonviolent processes of change in dynamic (and often conflicted and violent) political environments. It offers an interdisciplinary—though ultimately political theological—and timely interpretation of Colombia’s peace processes.