Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Anthony Dest Receives Dissertation Award from Peace & Justice Studies Association

Thu, October 17, 2019
Anthony Dest Receives Dissertation Award from Peace & Justice Studies Association
Anthony Dest, PhD, is a 2019 LLILAS graduate.

LLILAS alumnus Anthony Dest, PhD, has received the 2019 Best Dissertation Award from the Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict studies and the North American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association. Dest received the award for his dissertation, titled “After the War: Violence and Resistance in Colombia.”

In its webpage announcement of the award, PJSA writes that Dest’s dissertation “provides a firsthand account of communities confronting capitalism in the aftermath of the Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The black and indigenous communities of Northern Cauca profiled throughout the dissertation struggle to build autonomy in spite of immense pressure from the government, drug traffickers, paramilitaries, and guerrillas to acquiesce. Drawing on experiences that range from the negotiating table in Havana to the coca frontiers of Northern Cauca, the dissertation analyzes the bind facing social movements: integrate into the nation-state or expect repression.”

“My book manuscript examines why ‘peace’ feels like war in spite of the 2016 Peace Accords between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),” writes Dest. “I continue to work closely with the Process of Black Communities (Proceso de Comunidades Negras, PCN) as they struggle to build autonomy and self-determination in the context of ongoing violence and dispossession. That includes serving as a Scholar Liaison in the partnership between PCN and the Benson Latin American Collection’s Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) project in Buenaventura."

Dest has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Inter-American Foundation, and Fulbright to support his research, and was the 2015 recipient of the LLILAS Benson Community Engagement Award. He previously worked at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and now serves on the coordinating committee of the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network (ACSN). His research and teaching interests include race and identity in Latin America; anthropology of development; peace and conflict studies; and social movement theory. Dest currently teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College in Atlanta.

 

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