Legacies of War: The Effects of Conflict and Displacement on National Belonging
Funded by IKEA Foundation Research Fellowship
Project led by Dr Kathrin Bachleitner, IKEA Foundation Research Fellow in International Relations, 2017-2023
This project theorises on the effects of conflict and displacement on national identity. To advance the explanatory power of International Relations (IR) approaches, it develops an interdisciplinary framework and tests it on the empirical case study of Syrian and Palestinian refugees. The project analyses data collected in large N online surveys. The results aim to explore transformations in the meaning of national identity among Syrian and Palestinian refugees with specific attention given to the voices of women. How Syrians and Palestinians themselves draw the boundaries around their national in-group will be crucial for any peace settlement and the legitimacy of any future state, in addition to having broader implications for how IR theory understands national identity change amid conflict.