Butti, E. (2016). The Invisible Violence behind the Legal Façade: Challenges of and Strategies for Conducting Research in High-Risk Settings in Transitional Colombia. Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Issue 1.
Butti, E. (2018). Involving Non-Organised ‘Outcast’ Youths in Peacebuilding: Existing Challenges and Lessons Learned in the Colombian Case. A contribution to the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015).
Curious about what Colombian adolescents think about peace?
Watch the trailer of the participatory documentary I realised during my fieldwork, and contact me if you wish to access the full version.
Between 2015 and 2018, as part of my doctoral research, I have lived and conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia, in both urban and rural settings, including:
- Medellín and San Carlos, Antioquia
- Cali, Valle del Cauca
- Caloto, Cauca
- Quibdó, Villa España and El Futuro, Chocó
- El Salado, Carmen de Bolivar
- Ovejas, Sucre
- Bogotá, Distrito Capital
Most of the fieldwork was conducted in Antioquia, where I multi-sited ethnographic research in peripheral neighbourhoods at the margins of a big city (Medellín) and of a small town (San Carlos). The project was aimed at understanding the life trajectories of marginal adolescents who get involved in criminal networks at the urban and peri-urban margins.
Conducting intensive and immersive research in such complex locations, affected by high rates of violence and poverty, and with a vulnerable and hard-to-reach population, gave me extensive experience in conducting difficult fieldwork in high-risk settings, which I have written and talked about in a number of occasions.
The Unreal(istic) Rhetoric of Children’s Rights in Colombia’s Reparations Law. Oxford Human Rights Hub. 5 November 2015.
Children’s Visibility in Colombia’s Peace Plebiscite Campaign: In Everyone’s Interest but Children’s. Oxford Human Rights Hub. 2 October 2016.
Reasons behind low turnout in Colombia peace vote pose serious threats to democracy. Colombia Reports. 10 October 2016.
Colombia, le ragioni profonde dell'”astensione alla pace. Voci Globali. 8 October 2016.
Colombia, il volto violento dietro una maschera di legalità. Voci Globali. 25 November 2016.
¿Pa’ qué, si igual seguimos en lo mismo?. La Oreja Roja. 14 October 2016.