During the kick-off of the International Panel on Exiting Violence, Michel Wieviorka, IPEV co-director and President of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, introduced the project and its specificities.

Violence has long been an area of particular focus within the human and social sciences. Exiting violence has been much less focused on, and IPEV should contribute to making this a relatively integrated research area. This means recognising that it is a fractured field, devoid of unity, in which there is much more input from experts, professionals and activists of all stripes than from researchers per se.

The way to exit or put an end to violence is not about merely reverse back along the same path that caused it. Violence must be understood, but and at the same time there must be a recognition that exiting violence requires specific solutions.

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