Diana Hoyos Gomez

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Pittsburgh, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9463

Approve Date

April 25, 2017

Project Title

Hoyos Gomez, Diana R., U. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA - To aid research on 'Campesinos and the State: Imagination of the State and Reconfiguration of State Practices in Montes de Maria, Colombia,' supervised by Dr. Kathleen Musante

Preliminary abstract: The proposed research will study the imagination of the state and the reconfiguration of state practices in contexts where political violence has taken place and policies aimed at rebuilding the state are being promoted in order to understand the everyday state and state building processes in contexts of transition from armed conflict to ‘post-conflict’ scenarios. This project will analyze these issues through a study of the relationships between campesino communities and the state within the context of the internal armed conflict and its aftermath in the region of Montes de Maria, Colombian 2000-2017. In this region different forms of state violence were exercised on campesino communities within the context of the protracted internal armed conflict between guerrillas, paramilitary groups and the state military forces. During the last decade, the Colombian government has promoted some policies aimed at rebuilding the state in the regions affected by the armed conflict with the purpose of bringing the state into the violent regions of armed conflict and rebuild relationships between the state and citizens. The proposed research will answer the following questions: In what ways do campesinos talk about, construct, perceive and experience the state in contexts where state violent practices have been carried out on campesino communities? How have citizen-state relationships between campesinos and the state been constructed within the context of the armed conflict and the state building policies implemented during the ‘post-conflict’ setting? What are the continuities and discontinuities between violent state practices exercised on campesinos during the armed conflict and state practices taking place in the ‘post-conflict’ scenario?