Spatial order of a divided society: Production and appropriation of conflict spaces in Mozambique

Even more than 40 years after inde­pendence, Mozam­bique has not gained political stability and peace. The decades-long civil war ended in 1992, but since 2012 the post-colonial country has again been the scene of armed conflicts. At the local level, large-scale projects by inter­national companies, especially in the north of the country, triggered new social conflicts and terrorist attacks. In addition, the country continues to be divided into the south, domi­nated by the former liberation army FRELIMO, and the central parts of the country, ruled by the opposing RENAMO. A contested culture of remem­brance appears to fuel the conflict dynamics.

In view of the recurring conflicts and their spatial dimen­sions, this project inves­tigates with ethno­graphic methods how internal and external actors continue to repro­duce the divisions in Mozam­bique’s spatial and social order, and asks for ways to break these cycles. The research focus is set on "space" as a an ex­pression and strategy of social and political practice.

The project is funded for two years by the Ökohaus Foundation.

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Ökohaus Foundation Frankfurt