Echavarría, Josefina (2010): In/Security in Colombia: Writing Political Identities in the Democratic Security Policy, New Approaches to Conflict Analysis, Manchester, Manchester University Press.


Review by Prof. Jenny Pearce:

"Echavarria's book raises the debate on the Colombian civil war to a new dimension of analysis and insight. Beautifully written, the book illuminates the way the state perversely fosters violence in the name of security and peace. It enables us to rethink these categories of human thought in the light of their hijacking for an authoritarian and exclusionary state project. In the process, the book makes an original and important contribution to peace and security studies --Professor Jenny Pearce, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford"

To order the book download the order here or check the major online distributors.

With Wolfgang Dietrich (forthcoming): Breve Introducción a la Filosofía de Las Paces Transracionales y a la Transformación Elicitiva de Conflictos, Medellín, Editorial Universidad de Antioquia.

Edited Collections

Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.) (2018): Transrational Resonances: Echoes to the Many Peaces. Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan.






This book comprehensively gathers the current academic literature, field expertise and artistic developments on Wolfgang Dietrich’s Many Peaces theory, in the ways it has been conceptualized and practiced by peace and conflict workers around the world. Both scholars and practitioners challenge and creatively explore the field of transrational peace philosophy, contributing their insights on elicitive methods and conflict mapping. The book is further enriched by artistic perspectives on integrative approaches to theatre for living and intercultural soundscapes.



Dietrich, Wolfgang, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Gustavo Esteva, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.) (2011): The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective, Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan.




In this ground-breaking new volume, the social function of 'peace' is explored through the prism of cultural pluralism. Prominent scholars and thinkers from more than 30 different cultures reflect on the notion of peace, and the diversity of their perspectives highlights the different cultural perceptions surrounding the meaning and scope of peace. What we understand as 'peace' is dependent on the context within which it is used. Some cultures have a multitude of notions that translate into English simply as peace, whereas an equivalent to peace in the European sense does not even exist in others. This volume shows that the concept of world peace can only be realised as a plural of 'many peaces'; an understanding of peace cannot be reached without the explicit acceptance of the many different notions of peace. 


Dietrich, Wolfgang, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez and Norbert Koppensteiner (ed.) (2006): Schlüsseltexte der Friedensforschung, Wien, Lit.

The Key Texts of Peace Studies are a collection of articles in English, German and Spanish, which are of special relevance for the current debate on concepts like "development", "security", "nonviolent conflict transformation" and different ways of thinking peace. To give those literarily and politically precious texts a platform, from which they can be thought and discussed anew under current conditions, is one of the concerns of this volume. Contributors: Wolfgang Dietrich, Gustavo Esteva, Ivan Illich, Francisco Muñoz, Wolfgang Sachs, Wolfgang Sützl, Gianni Vattimo.

Articles and book chapters

Forthcoming. "Pedagogías para la Reconciliación: Prácticas Artísticas para Hacer las Paces en Colombia", Revista Convergencia, Edición Especial en Homenaje a Vicent Martínez Guzmán.

With Hilary Cremin. Forthcoming. “Education for territorial peace in Colombia: What role for transrational peace?” Journal of Peace Education, Special Issue on Transrationality and Peace Education, edited by Hanne Tjersland and Paula Ditzel Facci. 

With Hilary Cremin and Kevin Kester. Forthcoming. “Transrational Peacebuilding to Reduce Epistemic Violence.” In Teaching Peace and War: Pedagogy and Curricula edited by Annick T.R. Wibben and Amanda Donahoe, London: Routledge.

With Adham Hamed and Noah Taylor (upcoming 2019). Elicitive Curricular Development: A Manual for Scholar-Practitioners Developing Programs in International Peace and Conflict Studies. With a Foreword by George López. Innsbruck: University of Innsbruck Press. 

With Berthold Molden and Julia Harnoncourt (2019): Wahlen und Weichenstellungen in Lateinamerika 2018: Eine länderspezifische Analyse. Vienna: University of Vienna and Austrian Latin American Institut – LAI.

(2019): “InnPeace - The New Research Center for Peace and Conflict: A look at itstransdisciplinary mission, organic structure and first activities". Many Peaces Magazine, Vol. 9.

With Hilary Cremin and Kevin Kester (2018): "Transrational Peacebuilding to Reduce Epistemic Violence", Peace Review 30(3), special issue on Designing Peace and War Curricula, with Guest Editors Amanda Donahoe and Annick T.R. Wibben.

With Erika Julieta Rojas (2018): "Sexualidad y reconocimiento como apuestas a la transformación de la seguritización en El Salvador: una reflexión transracional", ORGANICOM 15(28), Special Issue on Comunicação Estudos para a Paz e Violência Organizacional.

With Norbert Koppensteiner (2018): "On Resonances: An Introduction to Transrational Peaces and Elicitive Conflict Work" in Echavarria, Josefina, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.): Transrational Resonances: Echoes to the Many Peaces. Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan.


(2018): "Sexuality, security and migration: Seeking elicitive clues in the Analysis of the 2015 Cologne's Sylvesternacht" in Echavarria, Josefina, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.): Transrational Resonances: Echoes to the Many Peaces. Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan.

(2015): "Die Kunst des Social Healing in Kolumbien", Polylog: Zeitschrift für interkulturelles Philosophieren, 34, 43-65.

(2014): "Elicitive Conflict Mapping: A Practical Tool for Peacework", Journal of Conflictology, 5 (2), 58-71.

(2014): "(Re)Imagining Migration", Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, special issue Migrants and Cultures of Hospitality26(2), 178 - 184. 

with Daniela Ingruber & Norbert Koppensteiner (2011): “Conclusions” in Dietrich, Wolfgang, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Gustavo Esteva, Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.) (2011): The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective, Houndsmill, Palgrave Macmillan.

(2010): "In/Security in Colombia: Peace and War at the Crossroads", The Virtual Peace Library of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck. 

(2008): "Telling Different Stories: Subjectivity and Feminist Identity Politics", The Virtual Peace Library of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck. 

with Norbert Koppensteiner  (2008): "Scherze über die Sicherheitsmassnahmen führen zu Ihrer Festnahme!", in Sützl, Wolfgang & Doris Wallnöfer (ed.): Gerechtigkeit und Präzision: Krieg und Sicherheit in Zeiten des Terrors, Wien, Turia + Kant, 45 - 57.

(2007): "Conflict Transformation and Conflict Prevention in Colombia: Institutional Peace Plans in Antioquia", Peacebuilding and Trauma Recovery: Integrated Strategies in Post-War Reconstruction, Conference Proceedings, Conflict Resolution Institute, University of Denver, 467 - 501.

(2007): "Krieg und Frieden", Planet: Zeitung der Grünen Bildungswerkstatt, 49, Juli/August, Wien, 7.

(2006): "Re-thinking (in)security discourses from a critical perspective", Asteriskos Journal of International and Peace Studies, vol. 1/2, Galizan Institute of International Security and Peace Studies, 61 - 82.


(2006): "La promesa de (in)seguridad: Algunas reflexiones críticas", Revista Estudios Políticos, vol. 28, Instituto de Estudios Políticos, Universidad de Antioquia, 101 - 119.

Other publications

Edition of Volumes, Masters of Peace. A Series for Outstanding MA-Thesis written at the MA Program for Peace Studies and published by the UNESCO Chair 

  • Najibullah, Heela (2017): Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan: A Transrational and Elicitive Analysis towards Transformation, Masters of Peace Volume 14, Berlin, Springer. 
  • Mahmoud, Noor (2013): Twisting Identity and Belonging Beyond Dichotomies: The Case of Second Generation Female Migrants in Norway, Masters of Peace Volume 8, Vienna, LIT.
  • Vallejo Piedrahíta, Catalina (2012): Plurality of Peaces in Legal Action. Analyzing Constitutional Objections to Military Service in Colombia, Masters of Peace Volume 7, Vienna, LIT.
  • Dueck, J. Alicia (2012): Negotiating Sexual Identities. Lesbian, Gay and Queer Perspectives on Being Mennonite, Masters of Peace Volume 6, Vienna, LIT. 

(2017): "Continuous Support from European Universities to Peace Education in Colombia: A report from the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck (Austria)". Global Campaign for Peace Education. 19 April 2017.


(2017): "Oft hilf nur noch Singen. Friedensmacher: Ausbildung für Peacemaker an der Universität Innsbruck". Interview mit Ursula Ott. Chrismon, Dezember 2017.


(2017): "Including Sexuality and Gender in Conflict Analysis". Interview with Mayme Lafurgey. In Gender and Peace Building. Many Peaces Magazine, Vol. 5.


(2016): "Nein zum Referendum, Ja zum Frieden in Kolumbien". With Adham Ahmed. Tiroler Tageszeitung. 12 December 2016.


(2016): "Greeting Note". In Revolutionary Moments. Many Peaces Magazine, Vol. 4. 


(2016): "How can we peacefully transform the conflicts originated by international migration movements?", The Big Questions of Our Time, Strategic Foresight, Mumbai.


(2015): "Buscando y Encontrando la Paz: Discursos y Prácticas para el Postconflicto Colombiano."Review of the book Construcción de Paz en Colombia (Edited by Angelika Rettberg). Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico del Bando de la República, Nr. 89.


(2015): Foreword with Ulrich Brand. Katharina Hartl: “Kamasa Warmi: Die Stärke der Frauen in El Alto”. Investigaciones: Forschungen zu Lateinamerika.


(2014): “Moral, Cultura y Ley: Estudios Latinoamericanos sobre Seguridad Ciudadana”. Review of the book Antípodas de la Violencia: Desafíos de Cultura Ciudadana para la Crisis de (In)seguridad en América Latina (Edited by Antanas Mockus, Henry Murraín y María Villa). Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico del Banco de la República, Nr. 85.


(2013): “Contribuciones Académicas a una Paz Estable y Duradera”. Review of the book Conflicto Armado, Seguridad y Construcción de Paz en Colombia (Edited by Angelika Rettberg). Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico del Banco de la República, Nr. 84


(2011): "Angewandte Intersektionalität", Foreword with Jens Kastner in Neuhauser, Johanna: Zwischen Anpassung und Widerstand: Hausarbeiterinnen in Recife/Brasilien – Subjektbildung und ihre strukturellen Bedingungen im peripheren Kapitalismus, Investigaciones: Forschungen zu Lateinamerika, Wien, Lit.


(2006): “Towards an active citizenship: Good practices and capacity building manual of the Local and International Young Women’s Council in Europe and Latin America”, Project URB-AL R12 A 10-04, Imprima, Barcelona. [Manual also published in Spanish, German and Catalan]


(2001): “Política de Turismo para una Sociedad que construye la Paz”, Ministerio de Desarrollo Económico, Bogotá.