The objective of this thesis is to analyze the role of internally displaced student activists in the transformation of the Colombian conflict. The thesis examines the strategies of displaced activists of the Colombian student movement related to mobilization, displacement and contribution to conflict transformation. The theoretical framework in this thesis consists of approaches to civil society as a site of resistance, how to transform conflict to achieve a sustainable conflict resolution, and the mobilization strategies of social movements.
The main argument in the thesis is that to reach a sustainable peace in Colombia, ending of the violent elements of conflict is not enough to address the reasons and causes of conflict. There ought to be a transformation of the conflict to change or eliminate the deep-rooted reasons for conflict, a process in which the inclusion, participation and contribution of the civil society is required and invaluable. The testimonies of the internally displaced student activists in this thesis illustrate this, seeing themselves as conflict transformers rather than the common representation of them as mere victims of displacement, or the government representation of student activists as “terrorists”.