Aims and Objectives

OBJECTIVES:

  1. To create a pioneering, innovative and interdisciplinary study of post-conflict reconciliation so as to address the global level lack of a framework (identified by UNDP) for the critical evaluation of reconciliation as an idea and a practice in different periods and cultural/religious contexts – the first overarching and integrative study to address this major (practitioner and academic) gap.
  2. To develop the first historical study of thought (including religious and philosophical) and practice on reconciliation, investigating the range of actors involved, their perceptions of themselves and others involved, the relationships between them – especially of intended beneficiaries to sponsors/instigators of activity – and the types of reconciliation, degrees of reconciliation, and conditions for reconciliation at international, regional and local levels.
  3. To investigate the history and potential of artistic and creative cultural practices and objects in processes and outcomes of post-conflict reconciliation, forgetting, remembering and forgiving.
  4. To investigate and critically to evaluate existing data generated by a unique, locally generated reconciliation initiative, RECOM – the Regional War Crimes Commission in the Balkans – involving 5000 participants, which has yet to be analysed.
  5. To evaluate critically data generated by a innovative series of initiatives by the Post Conflict Research Centre (PCRC) in Bosnia and Hercegovina, using visual media to stimulate inter-ethnic dialogue and reconciliation, particularly with youth groups.
  6. To innovate methodologically by (i) developing a framework for comprehensive, comparative and integrated critical evaluation of reconciliation activity; (ii) developing creative artistic practices and artefacts in relation to, and in collaboration with, particular communitices (iii) conducting quantitative and qualitative computer-assisted analysis of existing (but uninterrogated) large text data on reconciliation, and carry out the first such analysis in multiple languages spoken in the Balkans.

OUTPUTS AND EVENTS

Key Project events:

  • Sarajevo Practitioner/ Artist Workshop, Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 2017
  • ‘Why Remember’ Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 2017
  • ‘World Service’ Art Installation, Bush House, London, UK, October 2017
  • ‘Reconciliation Histories’ Workshop, King’s College London, UK, 29-31 January 2018
  • ‘Reconciliation as Activity’ Journal Special Issue Authors Workshop, Pristina, Kosovo, March 2018
  • ‘Art&Reconciliation 1&2’ ISA Conference Panels, San Francisco, US, April 4-7 2018
  • ‘Memory and Conflict’ Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 2018
  • Exhibition of Commission Works, Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 2018
  • Belgrade Practitioners Workshop, Belgrade, Serbia, Date TBC
  • Final Symposium and Exhibition, King’s College London, UK, November 2018