Art & Reconciliation blogs on ARTIJ Initiative

Rachel Kerr and Milena Michalski have both written blogs on Art & Reconciliation research for the Art and International Justice Initiative.  The ARTIJ Initiative connects academics, artists, practitioners and others wishing to explore the potential of art in understanding international justice.

Read here:

Art & Reconciliation by Milena Michalski

Art, Justice and Reconciliation by Rachel Kerr


CfP ISA 2020: Participatory Arts in Peacebuilding contexts

Call for Papers ISA 2020: Participatory Peacebuilding

Whilst participatory approaches have long been on the research agenda in development studies, their value in peacebuilding settings is underexplored. The panel begins from the assumption that turning to these sites and practices has the potential to add value to peacebuilding debates methodologically (as academics think about new ways to produce ‘research data’), empirically (as new sites of peacebuilding and transition are opened up) and theoretically (as the fundamental tenants of what constitutes peace are questioned as a result of listening to new voices and turning to new practices). The panel builds on the AHRC and GCRF funded project ‘Changing the Story’. This has has turned to artistic and creative participatory projects as a means to explore how this can offer transformative means through which peace and peacebuilding are understood. To this end, we welcome abstracts that address the role of participatory approaches to peacebuilding, and in particular that address the following questions:

– What effect do participatory approaches have in peacebuilding contexts? How is this impact explained?
– How does a participatory approach alter what narratives of peace and peacebuilding are heard?
– What methodological challenges exist with researching these projects and their impact? How can these be overcome?
– How do different types of artistic and creative practices alter the a/effect of these interventions?
– Which aspects of peacebuilding, and which legacies of past violence, is a participatory approach best positioned to address?
– What are the dangers of a participatory approach?
– What lessons can be learned from participatory development?

Abstracts should be sent to by 26 May -who is happy to answer any questions about this too.

2nd March 2019; Panel: Art and Conflict, hosted by LSE Festival

Saturday 02 March 2019 12:45pm to 2:00pm; Hosted by LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders; Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Dr Denisa Kostovicova, Dr Nela Milic, Tom Paskhalis and Dr Ivor Sokolić will discuss the role of art and visual representation in response to conflict and dealing with its consequences.

For further info see here.

The Testimony of the Image; Symposium, London, March 6th 2019

The Testimony of the Image: Visualizing War Crimes Tribunals

As part of LCC’s Research Fortnight, this symposium will explore the visual staging of War Crimes Tribunals from Nuremburg to the ICTY. The main presentation will be by photographer Armin Smailovic, who will talk about his ‘Testimony Portraits’ of witnesses giving evidence at the ICTY and his Sounds of Silence project that deals with female survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia Herzegovinia. Max Houghton of LCC will also talk about her research on the embodied nature of testimony to war crimes tribunals from Nuremburg to Rwanda, whilst Professor James Gow of the War studies department at King’s college will discuss the theme of Pictures of Peace and Justice.

For further information see here.

Reconciliations: The Evidence of the Visible; Exhibition, London, March 6th-15th 2019

Wednesday 6 – Friday 15 March 2019
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB
Free and open to all.

This exhibition explores how visual evidence of past crimes can play a role in post conflict remembrance, reconciliation and rebuilding.  Featuring artists Paul Coldwell, Nermin Divović, Ziyah Gafić,
Milena Michalski, Vladimir Miladinović and Armin Smailović.

For more information see here.

Reconciling Experience – Dance

On Wednesday 21 November, The Exchange held its first immersive dance performance, as part of the Reconciliations Exhibition.

The piece, choreographed by Roman Baca, former US Marine and current Fullbright Scholar at Trinity Laban, explored how training for war impacts the mind, body and psyche of an individual.

The space was transformed into a partially lit zone of exploration with the dancers weaving through the audience, and the artwork.  Members of the audience were invited to participate, donning arm bands, flash lights and responding to written instructions giving them a personal experience of the power of ritual, sacrifice, and military training.

Roman’s work demonstrates his own process of reconciliation as a trained dancer, then US Marine, and now as a choreographer working with material that explores the possibility of reconciliation for veterans, as they transition back into civilian life.

“I found this dance performance profoundly moving. Being a part of the movement helped me to experience the message of the dance on every level, intellectually, sensually and emotionally. This was a first for me. I found the content thought provoking and beautiful and it has stayed with me for the last few days. King’s challenges perceptions and takes risks and that is always exciting and rewarding.” Amanda Faber, Producer.

“the need for more integration of our research with art … is something we desperately need to do more of, because it not only allows to reach a population we don’t normally reach from the ivory tower, but also the communicative means to allow for true exchange with those from other backgrounds, transcending the boundaries of our identities.” Stefan Schilling, PhD Candidate, School of Security Studies

After the performance a panel with Roman, Stefan Schilling (School of Security Studies) and Melissa Abecassis (former co-director EcoME Centre for Peace and Sustainability in the West bank) discussed how dance can add to research, study and dialogues around reconciliation.

This event is one example of how SSPP’s Exchange space seeks to pioneer creative activities based on academic research within the Faculty.

The event is part of our current exhibition, Reconciliations, running in parallel at the Exchange, Bush House, King’s College London from 1 November-16 December 2018, and at the Knapp Gallery, Regent’s University London, from 1 November 2018-19 January 2019.

There will be another, different, dance performance by Touchdown Dance Co. as part of the Art and Reconcliation Symposium on Friday 30 November.  Details here.

By Jayne Peake

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Artist in Residence, Milena Michalski’s work selected for ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

We’re delighted to announce that Artist in Residence, Dr Milena Michalski’s work, Harmonics & Functions, was selected for the 2018 ING Discerning Eye exhibition, which opened at the Mall Gallery on 15 November 2018 and runs until 25 November 2018.