1st TAI Workshop held in Bogota, 28-29 July, 2019

The 1st The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) Workshop was successfully held in Bogota' 28-29 July 2019 hosted by Gloria P. Zapata at Fundación Juan N. Corpas (FUJNC), following the 4th SIMM-posium, 27-29 July, 2019.

The photo above shows members M.E Pinto (CEO Fundación Prolongar), G. Howell (TAI Advisory), A. Cabedo (Jaume I University, Spain), S. Figueiredo (UDESC, Brazil), G. Baker (TAI Advisory), S. Niño (PhD student at Edinburgh), H. Vázquez (PhD student at Victoria, Canada), A. Rodríguez (Fundación Batuta), P. González (Co-Investigator, Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico, on Skype), G. P. Zapata (Co-Investigator, FUJNC), O. Odena (Principal Investigator, Glasgow). The smooth running of the event was supported by L. Rico (Global Initiatives, FUJNC).

On Monday 29 July we had seven presentations, most of which are available in the Repository of the TAI website or clicking on the links below. Presenters were advised to discuss context, theoretical framework and practice - or findings if presenting research:

  1. Patricia González (on Skype) on Mexican context, referring to global indicators of peace and reviewing Mexican policies and initiatives on social music programmes and challenges ahead, e.g. to engage with them in research1;
  2. Sergio Figueiredo on music education and social projects in Brazil, referring to the Brazilian context, to an original review of literature from ABEM, and an example of a project 2;
  3. Gloria P. Zapata on frameworks for the analysis of peace education and arts education, referring to Lederach’s (2016) ideas and Bronfenbrenner’s (1989) 4-level systems theory;
  4. Alberto Cabedo on ‘Musiquem’, a 3-year R&D social music project in a school in Castelló that caters for refugee children, focussing on their preliminary research context analysis3;
  5. Andrea Rodríguez on her recently completed PhD study on Fundación Batuta’s Music for Reconciliation programme, focussing on theoretical frameworks - e.g. Robertson’s temporary musical identity - form the social sciences (e.g. benevolent and perverse social capital) and from peace studies, as well as methodology (sound postcards) and points for reflection (e.g. from ‘non-place’ to new place)4;
  6. Maria Luisa Pinto on her work at Fundación Prolongar, the foundation’s history, what activities they do (e.g. Japanese kintsugi, theatre, role play, exhibitions) with whom (war veterans including army, police and ex-FARC), what next (implementing reconciliation methodology) and challenges (no time for context analysis);
  7. Oscar Odena on her past work in Northern Ireland, drawing on publications (e.g. 2010 article in British Journal of Educational Research and chapter in 2018 monograph on Musical Creativity Revisited with Routledge), touching on analysis framework from social psychology (Pettigrew’s intergroup contact theory) and suggestions for developing social performing arts initiatives, always considering the local context 5.

After the presentations, the group considered the driving research questions of the TAI network and considered whether the 1st question may need revising in light of the ideas discussed. As suggested at the first Advisory meeting in March, we discussed the meaning of ‘conflict’, for example, the difference between conflict, confrontation and war, and the concepts of cultural and symbolic violence.

We also considered the related concepts of ‘conflict transformation’, ‘creative transformation of conflict’ and ‘strategic creativity for peace-building’. We agreed to share further readings and to work collaboratively and remotely until the 2nd TAI Workshop in Glasgow in 2020, date tbc.