Out of War draws on three decades of ethnographic engagements to examine the physical and psychological harms produced by the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone civil war. The book analyzes the relationship between violence, trauma, and the political imagination, focusing on “war times”—the different qualities of temporality shaped by conflict. Colonial and Precolonial histories and figures of sovereignty were reactivated during the civil war. Rumors and neologisms circulating during different phases of the decade-long conflict froze in time collective anxieties surrounding particular dangers, producing veritable “chronotopes” for organizing memories of the war. These include the juridical creation of new figures of victimhood in the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to bring about accountability for war crimes committed during the civil war. Beyond the expected traumas of war, the book focuses on the loss of intergenerational transmission of farming knowledge and farming techniques in rural areas, which produced lethal effects of its own. Throughout, the book examines strategies of survival and material dwelling amidst massive population displacements and humanitarian intervention.