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Priscyll Anctil

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Demobilized Women in Colombia: Embodiment, Performativity and Social Reconciliation


  • Priscyll Anctil
  • Rachel Tillman


  • Seema Shekhawat

Summary, in English

Colombia has been divided by armed conflict for over half a century. While still confronting multiple forms of violence, since the beginning of the peace talks in 2012 public attention in Colombia has shifted to social reconciliation. In June 2014, Colombians re-elected Juan Manuel Santos as president, his campaign having made peace the centre of attention. The peace negotiations in Havana have been widely recognized as promising by the national and international community, and an agreement with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia — Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP)1 is closer than ever. Women have been considerably marginalized in this peace process, however, especially those who played an active role in the armed conflict. These women experience a double alienation: not only has their participation in the perpetration of violence been largely invisible, but this failure to recognize their presence in the conflict means that they are also being overlooked in the peace-building process. Furthermore, their non-traditional performance of their own gender will make it very difficult for them as women to carve out a place in a post-conflict society.

Publishing year







Female Combatants in Conflict and Peace : Challenging Gender in Violence and Post-Conflict Reintegration

Document type

Book chapter


Palgrave Macmillan


  • Political Science
  • Gender Studies


  • Female Combatants
  • Peace
  • Performativity
  • Social Reconciliation
  • Colombia
  • DDR




  • ISBN: 978-1-137-51655-8