Understanding conflict in Latin America is crucial to the broader questions of the formations, experiences and impacts of conflict found around the world. As a crucible for emerging forms of conflict and tools for implementing conflict, understanding how conflict in Latin America contexts exercises, informs, and exhumes lives is vital for understanding broader questions about conflict where it may be found.
It can be argued that conflict is indigenous to and centrally shaped the region known as Latin America. From its beginnings in conquest, to colonial systems of political rule and economic extraction, to nationalist struggles, to Cold War battlegrounds and "dirty wars" waged by states against their own populations, conflict has been an endemic aspect of everyday life throughout the region. How those experiences, memories, and histories of conflict are shaped, negotiated, and implemented continue to inform politics and everyday life in the region. Embedded in local and national memories and histories are also the absences - voices, people and stories - that have been consciously removed from political discourse or are actively contested. Scholars in this cluster are interested in how conflict, broadly considered continues to inform and shape Latin American lives and societies.