In post-conflict reconstruction settings, the factual mass media can be an important tool to develop civil solidarity and facilitate civil repair and ultimately, the emergence of a strong civil society. To do so, it is necessary to provide communicative spaces in which the historical, cultural and political circumstances that have engendered conflict are openly recognised and the recognition is used to discuss, agree, establish and built upon ‘new’ civil norms. Civil norm-building and civil repair are understood in terms of the factual media’s contribution to a solidarising civil society with institutions that generate social criticism, democratic integration, civility, justice, reciprocity and mutual respect.  In other words, that create the circumstances for reconciliation and (often difficult) forgiveness.

CFOM’s research in this area aims to help establish conflict-specific civil norms and to examine whether there are universal criteria for understanding the distinction of ‘good and bad media practice’ in terms of the similarities and particularities of diverse post-conflict settings.

CFOM is hosting the Post Conflict Reconstruction Research Network (PCRN), which aims to bring policy-makers from multiple NGOs and scholars from various aspects of post-conflict reconstruction together such as law, conflict studies, politics and sociology, peacekeeping, media and journalism. The PCRN is primarily a forum for networking, knowledge exchange and the development of research collaborations amongst all those sharing the common interests above.

 

Currently funded research projects

  • ‘Building an African media network with the African Media Initiative’, HEFCE/GCRF (2018).
  • An interdisciplinary collaboration with Pontifical University Javeriana with a strand on the role of media in post-conflict contexts (Colombia) (2018).
  • ESRC Collaborative PhD studentship with Fondation Hirondelle:
UN Peacekeeping missions: the contested role of UN Media in post-conflict reconstruction contexts. A case study of Democratic Republic of Congo’ (2018-2021).

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