Dr Christine Andrä is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the research project “(Un-)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia’s Reconciliation Process”, a two-year project funded by the AHRC and based at Aberystwyth University (Wales) and the University of Antioquia (Colombia).
Christine obtained her Ph.D. in International Politics from Aberystwyth University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Rhetoric from the University of Tübingen, an M.A. in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research from the University of Frankfurt and an M.Res. in Political and Social Research from the European University Institute in Florence. She has been a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen (2018-2019) and a Visiting Fellow at the School of International Service, American University (2016-2017). She also has experience in conducting applied peace research for Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).
The project “(Un-)Stitching the Subjects of Colombia’s Reconciliation Process” explores the subjectivities constructed by ex-combatants in the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in Colombia and how these ex-combatants are, in turn, perceived by other groups in society and specifically in the communities where they now settle. The project combines narrative biographical interviews with textile narratives, using these not merely as data to inform the analysis of ex-combatants' role in the process of reconciliation and social integration in Colombia, but also with a view to actively contributing to this process.
Christine’s general research interests include peace and conflict research, critical methodologies, history and philosophy of knowledge and of science, social theory, and the role of arts and crafts in International Relations.