APeCS - Anthropology of Peace, Conflict and Security

APeCS is a research network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists born in 2022 out of the merger between the Anthropology of Security network and the Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA). The merger took place at the EASA biennial conference in Belfast, a place in itself rich with significance in terms of peace, conflict, and security.


Portrait Decleve Dr. Livnat Konopny-Decleve has recently received her PhD from the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her recent publications include: "This is what my fear told me": Fear as key to the understanding of political action. Israel Studies 28(1) (2022); and Broken dreams: Self-exiled Israeli activists seek meaning in new homelands. The Sociological Review Magazine [Online]. (2022, December 6).



Portrait Ivasiuc Dr. Ana Ivasiuc is Lecturer in the Anthropology of Crime and Security at Maynooth University, Ireland. She is a former co-convenor of the Anthropology of Security network (between 2020 and 2022), and currently serves as the president of EASA (2023-2025). Her research focuses on practices of formal and informal policing, the construction and management of Roma migrants as threats, dynamics of urban growth and the rise of the far-right in Europe. She has published extensively on these topics, including, as co-editor, The Securitization of the Roma in Europe (with Huub van Baar and Regina Kreide, 2019, Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr. Alexander Horstmann: bio will follow shortly.

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Vision & Mission

Security, peace, and conflict are topics that tend to carry a heavy political, emotional, and ethical baggage. In public debates, such topics often take simplistic forms. We believe that anthropological knowledge has the power to restore complexity where the public debate and policies at large offer one-dimensional perspectives. Therefore, our vision as APeCS builds on the idea that anthropology plays a major role in research, theory-making, and public engagement on issues related to peace, conflict, and security.

The network's mission is to promote the anthropological perspective and ethnographic research on issues related to security and peace & conflict among anthropologists working in Europe. Concretely, APeCS aims to:

Become a member

EASA members can become members of this network. To join the network, please complete this (very short) application form.

If you are not already a member, consider becoming an EASA member.