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SASNET Director Publishes Article on Transcending Antagonism in South Asia

The Partition Museum in Amritsar, India. Wikimedia commons
The Partition Museum in Amritsar, India. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ted Svensson has published the article "Transcending antagonism in South Asia: advancing agonistic peace through the Partition Museum" in the journal Peacebuilding.

Ted Svensson

In the article, which was published in the journal Peacebuilding in late December 2022, Svensson analyses the Partition Museum in Amritsar as a rare opportunity to, in an agonistic manner, challenge and undo the antagonism that was enacted in 1947 and that has deepened ever since.

Svensson argues that while the museum succeeds in actuating a shift away from rigid friend-enemy imageries and dichotomous views of wrongdoing, it fails to decisively critique and unsettle the originary binary that underpins and propels the conflict.

- While the Partition Museum itself is a praiseworthy initiative, it effectively demonstrates the limitations of the, among researchers, increasingly popular notion of agonistic peace, Svensson concludes.

Read the full article here.