Peacebuilding and the Arts

Recasting Reconciliation Through Culture and the Arts

The work in this collection was produced in the 2003-04 Brandeis International Fellowship Program: Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts.

The goal of the program was to develop a community of inquiry among peacebuilding practitioners, artists, and cultural workers who were exploring the intersections of reconciliation, ritual and the arts. The fellowship afforded the time and resources they would not otherwise have had to reflect on their work, to explore challenges and ethical dilemmas, and exchange ideas and strategies with colleagues.

In the working papers, portfolios and creative projects collected here, 10 artists, cultural workers and peacebuilders reflect on their practices, inquiring into the ways in which the arts and cultural work can and do contribute to reconciliation in historically divided communities.

Whether you are an artist or cultural worker, a peacebuilder, a student, a scholar or a policymaker, we invite you to read and view the work presented in this collection, to consider the ideas and questions that are raised, and to immerse yourself in this vital inquiry.

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