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Annual Conference 2014: Arts, Peace and Conflict

War and Peace Studies Monday 2 June 2014

The Annual Conference on ‘Arts, Peace and Conflict’ of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies was held on 2nd - 4th July, 2014.

Arts play a crucial but under-explored role in contexts of peace and conflict. They often provide unusual and complex perspectives on situations prone to oversimplification. But they also play a key role in helping people to come to terms with a legacy of violence and contributing to peacebuilding.

This conference aimed to examine the role of the arts in relation to conflict and peace from theoretical and practical perspectives. It drew together participants from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. This involved experts from a range of artistic fields, and contributions from theatre, performance, literature, visual art, music, poetry, film, photography, digital art, dance or any other related field.

The keynote event featured Irish playwright Frank McGuinness discussing the theme of ‘War and the Artist’.

You can find the various panels and performances in our Arts, Peace and Conflict Program - 23.06.14

Here is the conference report

Keynote:

Frank McGuinness, playwright, poet and Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin; in conversation with Lindsay Rodden, from the Everyman and Playhouse Theatre Liverpool.

 

Further links in relation to the conference:

FACT - Liverpool Veterans