About us

Welcome to The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) website. We are a network of academics and practitioners aimed at building expertise to critically assess the role of performing arts practices for peace education and inclusion in conflict settings. The network involves a collaborative partnership between members with interdisciplinary expertise based in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

The network was established with the support of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council in February 2019[1], as part of their Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The grant was aimed initially to work with international members across a range of Latin American countries and the network has grown ever since. Our work reflects local development priorities on peace education through arts engagement with individuals affected by Colombia's internal armed conflict, and Mexico and Brazil's gang war.

The Principal Investigator is based at the University of Glasgow (Odena) with the Co-Investigators based at Juan N. Corpas University Foundation, Colombia (Zapata), and at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico (González-Moreno).

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is supporting our activities in Scotland until 2022[2] and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is supporting a related 10-month study on the role of music practices for peace education with a Co-Applicant from the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow (Green).

Together, we aim to build the foundation for sustained research that will address key issues of pressing concern in the field.

[1] AHRC Grant Ref. AH/S003851/1
[2] RSE Grant Ref. 62292

 

Latest News

Jun
21
2021

On June 21st, 2021, 3-5pm UK time, practice and research specialists discussed social music projects from five countries, and a study of Indigenous music, at the 2nd Workshop of The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) network. This event was held online and was free of charge.

May
21
2021
May
6
2021

Save the date: on June 21st, 3-5pm UK time, practice and research specialists will discuss social music projects from five countries and a study of Indigenous music at the 2nd workshop of The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) network. This event will be online and free of charge. Contributors will include Sergio Figueiredo (Brazil), Lukas Pairon (Belgium), Hector Vázquez (Mexico/Canada), Shelly Coyne with Raymond MacDonald (UK), Daniel Mateos-Moreno (Spain), Geoff Baker (UK), Patricia González-Moreno and Rubén Carrillo (Mexico).

Mar
2
2021

TAI Advisory member Geoff Baker opened the 5th SIMM-posium on the 12th of January 2021 with a keynote on Rethinking Social Action Through Music. The keynote was presented by TAI member Lukas Pairon and was followed by an exchange with SIMM-president John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK).

Jan
4
2021

Every year since 2015, the international research platform SIMM (Social Impact of Music Making) has brought together experts from the fields of musical practice and research. After Brussels and Ghent, London, Porto and Bogota, the annual SIMM-posium returns to Belgium this winter, hosted by BOZAR. From 12 January to 9 March, weekly online sessions will bring together some of the world’s leading specialists to explore themes that combine music and activism.