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Addressing what queer conflict studies research looks like is the key work of this book. Envisioning a future for queer conflict studies that complicates and even transforms how conflict research is performed, what it examines, and what it means, the authors across this volume consider seriously the theory and practice of ‘queer conflict research’—particularly exploring ‘new approaches to the study of political violence’. These ‘new approaches’ consider how methods and methodology can be queered, and what that means for conversations between queer conflict research, feminist security studies, queer international relations, and critical work in security and transitional justice. It does so in three parts dealing with different dimensions of queer conflict research: queer approaches to conflict research, queer methods in the practice of conflict research, and addressing queer experiences of conflict research. Across these parts, this book provides key insights into what it looks like to do queer research in conflict studies, and what queer conflict research’s political and epistemological commitments might be. This conclusion looks at lessons learned across the book, and makes some observations about potential futures for queer conflict research.

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Research on the impacts of conflict and displacement on persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) has grown over the course of the past years, and the Syrian Civil War has been one of the main case studies that has been studied in this respect. Alongside academic research, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have played a key role in this, and all four of us authors have been involved closely with these processes. In an informal dialogue, we explore here some of the benefits and drawbacks, some of the achievements and frustrations of conducting this research with diverse SOGIESC people in Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey, as well as reflecting on doing advocacy and trying to make research meaningful to our research participants.

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As a queer, Muslim, Afghan asylum seeker, I was hesitant to return to my own community of Afghans and conduct an ethnographic study of their displacement journeys from Afghanistan and subsequent lives in exile in the US. Prior to embarking on my fieldwork, I asked myself: will they accept me as I am or do I have to hide parts of me? Will I be disrupting ethical terrains of research if I rely on secrecy? Once in the field, I came to realize that to some Afghans I was a piece of home; a displaced person, under state scrutiny just like them. To some, I reminded them of their cousin. They wanted to share a few cups of tea, flavoured with nostalgia for home. To others, my queer self was seen as a transgressor of Afghanness, failed at life and doomed in the afterlife, as they would say. How are identities and experiences of a researcher entangled with those of the researched? How do attachments to home and experiences of war and displacements trouble the ethical terrains in the field? This chapter explores these questions while advancing a diasporic feminist queer ethics of care.

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There are multiple approaches to thinking through how scholars can conduct queer conflict research. Whether it is to queer conflict research—to disrupt and redefine existing methodological and epistemological frameworks of conflict research by drawing from queer theoretical propositions—or to engage with queer subjects during and after conflict as the focus of the research itself, the concept needs a degree of flexibility. As such, queering conflict research can extend beyond the study of LGBTIQ+ people’s experiences of political violence during conflict. Indeed, the difficulty behind this volume, as well as its strength, is the breadth of approaches that can be classified as ‘queer’. Rather than making a definitive claim about what queer conflict research is/is not, thus policing its boundaries, we aim to illuminate why queer conflict research matters. Queer scholars in this volume each take a stance on ‘the queer’ of their work and, in doing so, they ask how their positionality matters in queer conflict research. In this introduction, we detail how this volume brings together a series of different queer methodological approaches to address the epistemological (what), methodological (how), and ethical (why) issues of queer scholarship in studies on conflict and political violence.

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The Arab Apocalypse by Etel Adnan is a celebrated epic poem that engages in an affective discussion of experiencing violence and trauma. Written as a response to the Lebanese Civil War, Adnan engages in a critique of (hetero-masculinized) politics through textual language and visual images, a feminist queer method that both alienates and captivates the reader, reflecting the dynamics of conflict. This chapter explores how literature and the arts, especially poetry, can be used as primary source material in conflict research, providing a queer method and queer knowledge production. In the case of The Arab Apocalypse the result is a reflexive engagement regarding linearity and the political importance of trauma in conflict dynamics. In turn, it highlights the need to engage with queer feminist positionalities and experiences that emphasize alienation and non-hegemonic knowledge production to understand the experiential realities of peace and conflict.

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Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume provides a foundational guide to queer methodologies in the study of political violence and conflict. Contributors provide illuminating discussions on why queer approaches are important, what they entail, and how to utilize a queer approach to political violence and conflict. The chapters explore a variety of methodological approaches, including fieldwork, interviews, cultural analysis, and archival research. They also engage with broader academic debates, such as how to work with research partners in an ethical manner. Including valuable case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates how these methods can be used in practice. It is the first critical, in-depth discussion on queer methods and methodologies for research on political violence and conflict.

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New Approaches to the Study of Political Violence

Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume provides a foundational guide to queer methodologies in the study of political violence and conflict.

Contributors provide illuminating discussions on why queer approaches are important, what they entail and how to utilise a queer approach to political violence and conflict. The chapters explore a variety of methodological approaches, including fieldwork, interviews, cultural analysis and archival research. They also engage with broader academic debates, such as how to work with research partners in an ethical manner.

Including valuable case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates how these methods can be used in practice. It is the first critical, in-depth discussion on queer methods and methodologies for research on political violence and conflict.

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Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume provides a foundational guide to queer methodologies in the study of political violence and conflict. Contributors provide illuminating discussions on why queer approaches are important, what they entail, and how to utilize a queer approach to political violence and conflict. The chapters explore a variety of methodological approaches, including fieldwork, interviews, cultural analysis, and archival research. They also engage with broader academic debates, such as how to work with research partners in an ethical manner. Including valuable case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates how these methods can be used in practice. It is the first critical, in-depth discussion on queer methods and methodologies for research on political violence and conflict.

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A tension in queer theory is whether queering a subject matter simply requires a renewed focus on non-hegemonic sexual orientations and gender identities or whether there’s a certain epistemological approach required to redress the epistemic violence present in disciplines devoid of queer and trans subjectivities. For students and scholars of political violence, this tension persists in not only how they design their research, but also how they pitch their contributions to a given literature. This chapter investigates the tensions between discipline, epistemology, and method as it relates to studies at the intersection of queer studies and political violence. It proposes an expansive queer epistemological approach that recognizes the layered knowledge regimes that impact the lives of queer and trans people, running the gambit of positivism to post-modernism. And it reinforces Matt Brim’s assertion that ‘the project of queer theory is to explore and respond to the universe of queer need, including the need to reimagine the universe of queer need’.

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Bringing together a team of international scholars, this volume provides a foundational guide to queer methodologies in the study of political violence and conflict. Contributors provide illuminating discussions on why queer approaches are important, what they entail, and how to utilize a queer approach to political violence and conflict. The chapters explore a variety of methodological approaches, including fieldwork, interviews, cultural analysis, and archival research. They also engage with broader academic debates, such as how to work with research partners in an ethical manner. Including valuable case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates how these methods can be used in practice. It is the first critical, in-depth discussion on queer methods and methodologies for research on political violence and conflict.

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