Laurie Kain Hart
National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Scholar
The Afterlife of Civil War: On the Metamorphosis of Boundaries
Laurie Kain Hart’s book project explores the protracted impact of ethnopolitical conflict and displacement among returned political refugees at the northwest boundary of Greece. Focusing not only on the zone’s inhabitants but also on boundary territory itself, the book sets the evidence of material culture (buildings, landscape, photographic archives) alongside that of everyday social practice and the psychoaffective experience of individuals displaced by war. Across different historical periods and political regimes, Hart examines a changing constellation of relationships—to house, village, territory, nation, state, global structural forces, kin, and self—engendered by the critical events from 1912 through 2012. The project aims to render visible the contemporary forces that drive, divert, or heal civil conflict and ethnic cleansing and frame the futures of peoples and places rendered vulnerable by catastrophic historical change.
Affiliation at time of award:
Stinnes Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Haverford College, Philadelphia, PA