Transitioning From Violence: Mershon Partners With USIP
This summer Mershon’s Transitioning from Violence Consortium partnered with the US Institute of Peace on a two part theory-to-practice workshop among global experts. This followed on TFV’s year-long exploration of the role rituals can play in violent disengagement and (re)integration (VEDR) processes. In May, ten scholars shared related research on case studies from Spain, Yemen, the African Great Lakes region, Canada, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, and Colombia in a virtual symposium. An in-person meeting, hosted by the Corrymeela Peace Centre in Northern Ireland, followed in June. Twenty policy and practitioner experts, with two academic commentators, spent the week together sharing the ways rituals and related practices have been used to support local truth-telling, social reconciliation, and healing in the aftermath of violent conflict. An edited volume of the case studies and a mini-series focused on policy and practical application are forthcoming through USIP Publications.