PEACELA Reading Group

From Violence to Peace in Latin America (PEACELA) is a Reading Group open to academic scholars, and those working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The goal of the group is to understand the multiple facets of violence in Latin America, its causes, manifestations, post-COVID dynamics, and policies that have failed or succeeded in bringing peace and conflict resolution in the region.

Each week one article will be read related to violence and peace, as shown below. The articles to read will be selected through recommendations and relevance to the agenda.  

Week 1: Political Violence

Week 2: Violence from non-state armed groups: Drug trafficking, gangs, self-vigilante groups, etc.

Week 3: Gender-based violence: violence against girls, women, members of the LBGTQIA+ community.

Week 4: Environmental violence: Violence for access and use of land, water, forestry, mines, oil, etc.

Discussing the articles via zoom: The group will tentatively meet every Tuesday, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, starting January 11th 2022, via zoom.

The reading group sessions are fluid. Members can attend every week if they wish to, or to the specific topic or article when their schedule allows.

The group will also read books, one every trimester. These books will preferably have been written by journalists, historians, anthropologists, ethnographers, economists, political scientists and with a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Blocking time to read in zoom: In addition, any scholar wishing to block time to read, any topic, can also join us in zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 17:00-18:00pm GMT, starting January 10th 2022.

This hour will be dedicated to reading only, without discussion. No writing unless for taking reading notes, no marking, no admin, no emails, no teaching prep, no tweeting. Just read, any topic you wish, but read.

If you have any questions about the PEACELA Reading Group, would like to attend via zoom (either to the discussions or blocking time to read), propose articles, books, please contact Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero r.gutierrez@qmul.ac.uk

Also, if any publisher or library wishes to contribute by providing books, or electronic access to reading material, to scholars working on violence and peace processes in Latin America, please contact r.gutierrez@qmul.ac.uk

The reading group is an independent initiative by Professor Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero, an economist and political scientist by training, researching electoral violence, drug-trafficking violence, with ongoing research on environmental crimes, and femicides.

Forthcoming Sessions

The articles and books to read, ordered by topic can be found by clicking on this google sheet.

Below, these readings are listed in chronological order.

-January 11 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Violence from non-state actors

Article to read: The Logic of Violence in Drug War

-January 18 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Gender-based violence

Article to read: Tip of the Iceberg: Reporting and Gender-Based Violence in Developing Countries

-January 25 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Environmental violence

Article to read: Environmental Crime in Latin America and Southern Green Criminology

-February 1 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Political violence

Article to read: High-Profile Criminal Violence: Why Drug Cartels Murder Government Officials and Party Candidates in Mexico

-February 8 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Violence from non-state actors

Article to read: Transborder Crime, Corruption, and Sustaining Illegal Armed Groups in Latin America

-February 15 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Gender-based violence

Article to read: A diagonal and social protection plus approach to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 syndemic: cash transfers and intimate partner violence interventions in Latin America

-February 22 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Environmental violence

Article to read: A Broken Canopy: Preventing Deforestation and Conflict in Colombia

-March 1 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Political violence

BOOK to read: The Politics of Violence in Latin America

-March 8 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Violence from non-state actors

Article to read: From Maize to Haze: Agricultural shocks and the growth of the Mexican Drug Sector

-March 15 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Gender-based violence

Article to read: The Emerging LGBTI Rights Challenge to Transitional Justice in Latin America

-March 22 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Environmental violence

Article to read: Theft of oil from pipelines: an examination of its crime commission in Mexico using crime script analysis

-March 29 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Political violence

Article to read: Gender and political violence in Latin America. Concepts, debates and solutions

-April 5 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Violence from non-state actors

Book to read: Transforming the War on Drugs

-April 12 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Gender-based violence

Article to read: The Making and Unmaking of Feminicidio/Femicidio Laws in México and Nicaragua

-April 19 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Environmental violence

Article to read: Challenges with resolving mining conflicts in Latin America

-April 26 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Political violence

Article to read: Democracy and civil war: The case of Colombia

-May 3 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Violence from non-state actors

Article to read: Internationalizing the Study of Gang Membership: Validation Issues From Latin America

-May 10 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Gender-based violence

Book to read: Book: Gender Violence in Twenty-First-Century Latin American Women’s Writing

-May 17 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Environmental violence

Article to read: The Rise and Persistence of Illegal Crops: Evidence from a Naive Policy Announcement

-May 24 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Political violence

Article to read: Why Did Drug Cartels Go to War in Mexico? Subnational Party Alternation, the Breakdown of Criminal Protection, and the Onset of Large-Scale Violence

-June 3 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Violence from non-state actors

Article to read: War-to-peace transitions and the behavioural legacies of civil war: A plea for looking beyond violence

-June 14 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Gender-based violence

Article to read: The Critical Path of Women Affected by Family Violence in Latin America Case Studies From 10 Countries

-June 21 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Environmental violence

Book to read: Environmental Crime in Latin America. The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land

-June 28 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Political violence

Article to read: Killing in the Slums: Social Order, Criminal Governance, and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro

-July 5 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Violence from non-state actors

Article to read: Community policing does not build citizen trust in police or reduce crime in the Global South

-July 12 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Gender-based violence

Article to read: Witnessing Obstetric Violence during Fieldwork: Notes from Latin America

-July 19 2022, 17:00-18:00pm GMT, via zoom.

Topic. Environmental violence

Article to read: Governing Urban Water Conflict through Watershed Councils—A Public Policy Analysis Approach and Critique