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December 5, 2016
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Dr. Sara Koopman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs My research project builds on my arguments for an altergeopolitics by asking what an alterbiopolitics might be, and how the two might work together to foster peace, rather than war. To do so I am looking at a practice that appears to engage in both, and extending my dissertation research by creating a public digital archive of stories from conflict zones in Colombia shared by international accompaniers, and engaging in an online collaborative analysis with accompaniers themselves of what stories had the most impact and what worked well in those stories. I am also interviewing some of the Colombians profiled, with a focus on how sharing their story affected their personal security. I intend to propose best practices for sharing stories online from conflict zones for the purpose of creating alternative securities through solidarity.

Dr. Sara Koopman
Postdoctoral Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs