Brandeis International Fellowships 2003-2004
Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts
The Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, a program of Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public life, sponsored a third Brandeis International Fellowship Program themed Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts.
The term 'reconciliation' is still in the process of being defined. Scholars and practitioners, emerging as we do from different religious and cultural traditions and from different disciplines and professional fields, understand differently the meaning of the term and the processes it entails. A conversation has begun to take place among those working toward reconciliation in communities around the world - a conversation toward a clearer understanding of reconciliation and toward more effective practice.
In the Fellowship program, five two-person teams, between them possessing both artistic and documentation skills, were selected from over 150 applicants from all over the world. The Fellows participated in a week-long institute from November 9 – 16, 2003 at Brandeis University. The institute was conducted by Cynthia Cohen, director of Coexistence Research and International Collaborations at the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence; Jonathan Fox, founder of Playback Theatre; and Farhat Agbaria, a Palestinian-Israeli coexistence facilitator and Director of Face-to-Face, a program of Givat Haviva. Over the course of the week, the Fellows shared narratives about their lives and work with each other and in public presentations and workshops held at Brandeis. Core sessions focused on the meanings and ethical dilemmas associated with reconciliation, and the unique potential of the arts to restore capacities necessary for reconciliation. By the end of the week, the Fellows established a collaborative framework for the inquiry and a research agenda for the coming year. In the months between the institutes, each team will build portfolios and write chapters for an edited volume as they reflect upon their on-going work of furthering processes of reconciliation through arts and culture. The Fellows will share their work when they reconvene for another week-long institute at Brandeis in October 2004.
The Application Process
Applications were sought from teams of two persons who live or work in the same geographic region. One member of each team is an artist, cultural worker, or peacebuilding practitioner already exploring the intersection of reconciliation, culture, and the arts. The other member is a a documentor - a writer, oral historian, filmmaker, photographer, journalist, sociologist or ethnographer, for example - preferably with experience working in historically divided communities documenting complex social processes and/or facilitating reflective inquiry.
Fellows receive round-trip travel and simple accommodations for both institutes. They also receive $1,000 to support the work and its documentation.
Application materials (PDF)
Brandeis International Fellows 2003: Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts was funded by the Rice Family Foundation.