Opportunities

Read about opportunities available and find out more about how you can become part of, and engage with, Mobile Arts for Peace and our wider network.

To find out more about any of these opportunities contact the MAP team

Performance, Embodiment and the Digital Archive'

The Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London is organising the digital conference and platform ‘Performance, Embodiment and the Digital Archive’ to explore the role that embodied performance practices play in the construction of memory and reconciliation and the development of digital archives in sites of conflict.

The conference includes both thematic research talks and practice-based interventions. With due deference to the theme and current limitations related to COVID-19, the encounter will be entirely digital following the Nearly Carbon Neutral (NCN) model. All conference activities will be found on:

http://www.pedaconference2020.com

Participant research and artistic interventions represent sites of conflict from across the globe, including in Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Gaza and the United Kingdom.

The conference is the concluding event of a two-year research project with Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), ‘Embodied Performance Practices in Processes of Reconciliation, Construction of Memory and Peace in Chocó and El Pacífico Medio, Colombia’ funded by the AHRC and Colciencias. Previous events brought together international scholars to discuss arts-based initiatives focused on the construction of memory and the representation of unheard voices in museums, textiles, traditional dances, memory parks and more.

Events scheduled for 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30 October. For more information and to reserve your place please visit the Eventbrite site.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/performance-embodiment-and-the-digital-archive-conference-tickets-118513421835?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Communities Across Distance: A Space for Listening

The Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab) is a hub for research-creation on the transformative power of listening in the context of oral history performance. It brings together artists-researchers, communities, and activists from across disciplines and cultures interested in exploring alternative and creative ways of making life stories matter in the public sphere. 

Find out more about upcoming events at the following link:

https://www.concordia.ca/finearts/research/labs/acts-of-listening.html

Call for participants: Decolonising Aid and Peacebuilding

 

Racism is embedded in structures and power dynamics, and the peacebuilding, development and humanitarian sectors are no exception.

The current global pandemic, growing scrutiny of systemic injustice and racism, and rising violence and polarisation continue to put strain on communities around the world. This multitude of challenges disproportionately affects fragile and conflict-affected communities.

Adeso, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Peace Direct and Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security invite local activists, changemakers, organizers, healers, and peacebuilders to a three-day conversation on the ‘Decolonising Aid and Peacebuilding’. 

We need a radical rethinking to decolonise the aid system, shift the balance of power, and support communities on the frontlines of confronting injustice and building peace. We invite you to be part of that conversation, with fellow activists from around the world.

Using Platform4Dialogue, we will hold a three-day conversation from 2 to 4 November 2020 to have a conversation on how to effectively address structural racism, and decolonise the aid sector.

Over the three days, some of the key questions we will be asking are as follows:

What are the current power dynamics and imbalances that exist within the peacebuilding, development and humanitarian field?

How does structural racism show up in the culture of international aid and intervention?

Does structural racism look different in different parts of the world?

What are your personal experiences of structural racism in the sector and how have they influenced them?

How can we decolonise partnerships, funding structures and decision-making processes?

Beyond this, how do we change a deeply rooted culture of interventionism?

What would decolonised aid and peacebuilding practice look like? How do we achieve it?

 

We acknowledge that many of these discussions will be difficult and uncomfortable, but they are critical if we are to re-shape aid in ways that genuinely empower local communities. We want to dedicate space, time and resources to combat structural racism in our sector, and discuss how we can all work towards creating a more just, peaceful and equal world.

While the main language of the consultation will be in English, there will also be opportunity for more focused discussions in French, Spanish in Arabic. Participants who speak French, Spanish and Arabic will be able to use the automatic translate function built into the discussion platform.

There will also be specific sessions on women and youth, exploring how racism influences the priorities in both the Women Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agendas.

Register for the consultation using this link, and please forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCb7C8QnLkX5WIC66qMCcmonDRKSf3zp_qkcWq3lsff09Tpg/viewform

How will it work?

The consultations will take place online on Peace Direct’s Platform4Dialogue online discussion platform and last three days (2 to 4 November 2020).

A public report will be produced from this consultation, but no participant will be quoted publicly without separate consent.

If you have any questions about this consultation, please contact the Platform4Dialogue team on info@platform4dialogue.org.

Communities and Communication: International interdisciplinary conference

 

It is a pleasure to invite you to Communities and Communication.

The conference is organised by the Department of Media and Performance (formerly Film, Media & Journalism) School of Digital, Technologies and Arts at Staffordshire University and will take place online on 24th April 2021.

The theme of Communities and Communication will be Connections. The community is a concept which is at once decreasing and increasing, as we move away from realworld connections to online ones, we can see that these groups create new environments, connections, discussion and ways of being seen in the digital world. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we want to share the many narratives and voices which these groups are creating, and ask how they create connection, camaraderie, and visibility for those involved. This conference seeks to consider the ways in which these communities start, develop and grow, what is created within those groups and how real connections are built through technology sharing and eventually within the virtual environment of online discussion and dissemination. We welcome contributions from across the sector from traditional print media forms to film and television, and gaming and interactive technology, offering the opportunity to explore both applied and theoretical explorations of this area of communities within the digital world. We aim to publish a selection of these contributions in an edited collection developed as a result of the conference.

Topics of interest

1. Real-world versus digital communities

2. Audio-visual communication practices

3. Interdisciplinary community connections

4. What is the future of communities?

5. Visibility and identity in communities 6. Local vs global communities

7. Sports, digital media and communities

8. Healthcare and community

9. Community inclusion and exclusion

10. Performance

Guidance for authors

The deadline to submit abstracts is 18th December 2020.

The proposals should include: Title, up to 5 keywords, abstract (250 words), author name, affiliation and short bio (50 words).

All proposals should be emailed to Dr Agata Lulkowska (Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk), Dr Sharon Coleclough (sharon.coleclough@staffs.ac.uk), or Stephanie Steventon (Stephanie.Steventon@staffs.ac.uk<mailto:Stephanie.Steventon@staffs.ac.uk>).

We encourage Early-Career and PhD students to enter.

All registration is free.

Organising committee:  Dr Agata Lulkowska, Dr Sharon Coleclough and Stephanie Steventon in Collaboration with Thomas Wood and Prof. Piotr Siuda.  For any enquiries, please contact: Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk<mailto:Agata.Lulkowska@staffs.ac.uk>