As part of the Grassroots Peacebuilding project, Formaat will organize the “Panel for Peace”, an interactive dialogue on the use of Participatory Drama for conflict transformation and peace building. The Panel for Peace will initiate and stimulate the dialogue on using wide ranging forms of interactive and participatory theatre for working in and around areas of conflict. The Panel for Peace will include Chen Alon (Combatants for Peace), working with polarized communities in Israel-Palestine, Hector Aristizábal (Imaginaction), Theatre of the Oppressed with torture survivors, Teya Sepinuck (Theatre of Witness), interactive theatre in Northern Ireland and Zhara Yagana (AHRDO) and Hadi Marifat (AHRDO), legislative theatre in Afghanistan.
The panel is hosted by Luc Opdebeeck, (artistic) director of Formaat. Opdebeeck is one of the world’s leading experts on using Participatory Drama in a wide range of settings, including conflict transformation. The panel will analyze and reflect on the strengths and opportunities, and the challenges and threats to community-based work using Participatory Drama to address and transform conflict.
Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.
Cultura21′s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:
– Sacha Kagan (based in Lüneburg, Germany) and Rana Öztürk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21
Applications are currently being accepted for the M.A. program in Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding (EXA-CT) at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. EXA-CT is a low residency master’s program completed over three summer sessions of three weeks each in Switzerland. During non-residency periods, students complete an internship and write their master’s thesis.
EXA-CT’s unique emphasis on art practice, human rights, and peacebuilding in international settings provides students with the skills and experience to use art in the public sphere for social change. Artists, humanitarians, therapists, conflict transformation professionals, peacebuilders and policymakers are encouraged to apply.
2012 Summer Session Dates in Saas-Fee, Switzerland
June 12 to July 4: Expressive arts, digital arts, and media July 10 to August 1: Expressive arts in conflict transformation and peacebuilding
US Federal Government student loans, and limited scholarships from the European Graduate School, are available for eligible EXA-CT students.
Applications are due by April 30, 2012
Late applications will be accepted on a case-by case-basis. For more information, please contact the Interim Program Director, Prof. Ellen Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org), follow us on Facebook, or visit the European Graduate School’s website:expressivearts.egs.edu
The EXA-CT M.A. is a three-year low residency summer program concentrating on the use of creative methods through the arts to address conflicts within teams, in communities, and across cultures. The EXA-CT program provides students with frameworks for merging the arts with conflict analysis interventions, restorative justice, trauma awareness and healing, mediation, humanitarian response, and research. EXA-CT’s emphasis on art practice, human rights, and peacebuilding in international settings provides students with the skills and experience to use art in public settings for social change.
Distinguished faculty in the fields of the expressive arts and conflict transformation provide instruction during three summer school sessions, with continued support and supervision throughout the year as students complete their internship, thesis, and community of practice.
Summer residency in Switzerland
Students spend three summer sessions in residence in the beautiful Alpine resort town Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Students needing additional prerequisites may complete the coursework over five summer sessions. Each residential session is 21 days long. During the first two summer residency periods, students follow courses on the principles and practice of both expressive arts and conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Within each course, students are challenged to experiment with the application of the arts in conflict transformation and peacebuilding paradigms, along with group discussions and reflective exercises. During the third summer session, students complete oral and written exams, and defend their master’s theses.
Sample courses include:
Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts: Aesthetic Responsibility in Action
Conflict Transformation and Arts-based Approaches to Peacebuilding
Community Arts: A Collective Response to Conflict and Crisis
Project Design and Implementation in the Field: A Multi-System Approach
Conflict and Crisis Intervention: Human-Rights Perspectives
Building Resilience in Refugee and Displaced Communities
Trauma and Resilience: Expressive Arts Perspectives
Biography as a Resource in Humanitarian Interventions
Professional Ethics In Community Based Interventions
In between the summer residencies, EXA-CT students are expected to complete a prescribed self-study plan, an internship, and a master’s thesis supervised by an EXA-CT faculty member. Students also participate in the design and creation of the EXA-CT in an ACTION group project and meet in a virtual classroom to discuss assigned readings and videos.