Music and Performance Practices for Peace, Inclusion and Conflict Transformation, 13-14 May, 2020

This 2-day workshop aims to stimulate participants to reflect on the role of the performing arts for developing peace education, social inclusion and conflict transformation. It combines a number of activities organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) Network. The Royal Society of Edinburgh is supporting TAI activities in Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council is supporting an on-going related study on the role of music practices for peace education in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, which will be discussed at the event.

  • Location: Hotel Malmaison, 278 W George St, Glasgow G2 4LL
  • Date: Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May 2020
  • Times: 10am to 5pm

Rationale: this event is aimed at interested individuals with research, practice and/or policy roles in the public and voluntary sectors, as well as at doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and academics:

  • Professor Ananda Breed will deliver a key seminar on Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP), a practice-as-research project part of a larger GCRF project entitled ‘Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Societies with and for Young People in 5 Post-Conflict Countries’. The aim of MAP is to work with young people, educators, artists and civil society to inform the performing arts curriculum in Rwanda;
  • Professor Rachel Beckles Willson will deliver another key seminar on her music work with asylum-seekers in Sicily.

Each day there will be a combination of sponsored presentations, roundtables and inputs by experts from relevant local and global networks.

The event will be chaired by Dr Oscar Odena, School of Education and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Dr Andrew Green, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow.

CALL FOR SPONSORED PRESENTATIONS: up to eight UK-based doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, academics, practice and policy leaders will be invited to present their work and offered sponsorship covering travel to Glasgow, 2-night accommodation and meals. If you are investigating and/or working with music or performance practices for peace, inclusion or conflict transformation and would like to present, please send your 150-word abstract and title to Valeria Gascon, Research Assistant, at by the 8th of March 2020.

Booking: attendance at one or both days is free, but places are limited. An Eventbrite link will be available nearer the time on this website and through Fiona Lees, Project Administrator.