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Dr Lydia Cole, BSocSc, MA (Manchester) PhD (Aberystwyth)

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45653

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I joined Durham University in 2019 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project: ‘The art of peace: Interrogating community devised arts-based peacebuilding’. Working closely with our project partners OKC Abrašević in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I am interested in exploring the potential of the arts and participatory art-based methods in responding to intersectional injustice, in transformative political action, and in processes of peace formation.

My research intervenes in several fields including feminist international relations, critical peace and conflict studies, and visual global politics. My research interests can be summarised in two central strands:

  • Feminist Approaches to In/Justice and Recognition

I am interested in feminist politics and activism in contexts of war and post-conflict in/justice. This research develops from my doctoral research on international and community-based post-conflict justice initiatives in the context of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This research is currently being developed as a monograph, tentatively titled: ‘The Subjects of Wartime Sexual Violence, Framing Post-Conflict Recognition’.

  • Visual Arts and Conflict Textiles

Having previously commissioned and curated a series of textile art exhibitions including Stitched Voices (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and Threads, War and Conflict (The Byre Theatre, St Andrews), I continue to focus on issues related to gendered political violence and the visual arts, with a particular interest in textiles.


Journal Article

  • Andrä, Christine, Bliesemann de Guevara, Berit, Cole, Lydia & House, Danielle (2019). Knowing Through Needlework: Curating the Difficult Knowledge of Conflict Textiles. Critical Military Studies
  • Cole, Lydia (2017). An encounter in fieldwork: subjectivity and gendered violence. International Feminist Journal of Politics 19(3): 388-389.