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Conflict Tipping Podcast 25: Queering the Colombian Conflict with Dr Samuel Ritholtz

Hear from Dr. Samuel Ritholtz, a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute and specialist in queer experiences of conflict, crisis, and displacement, as they talk about their research into anti-LGBT violence during Colombia’s civil war.

We explore the violence’s impact on LGBT communities, the dynamics of paramilitaries, and the concept of queer peacebuilding. Let’s dive in!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The logic behind anti-LGBT violence by paramilitaries during Colombia’s civil war.
  • Paramilitaries’ history, including their connection to narco-trafficking and role in the conflict.
  • The concept of queer peacebuilding and its relevance in post-conflict settings.
  • The ontology of cruelty in civil war and the perception of different forms of violence.

Thanks to Sam for offering their insights into the intersection of conflict, violence, and queer experiences.  Connect with them here:


Laura May

Laura is a freelancer, former Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute and a negotiation and mediation lecturer.  Her doctoral research asked “in what ways does blame make villains in politics” and covered the gamut from literature studies and linguistics to psychology and neuroscience, victimology to political science.  Her expertise includes emotions,… MORE >

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