Art in Peace and Reconciliation: A Transnational Perspective

The inaugural ACU Peace and Reconciliation Network Conference will be taking place at Stellenbosch University, South Africa from 9-12 June 2020.

Indigenous artwork at National Reconciliation Action Plan Conference, Curtin University
09 - 12 Jun 2020
Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch,

Matieland, 7602

South Africa


Hosted by Stellenbosch University in South Africa, the Art in Peace and Reconciliation: A Transnational Perspective conference will examine how the arts, in all their diversity, can been used to create a space for ‘healing’ and dialogue.

It will do this in two ways:

  • Firstly, with an exhibition to inspire dialogue about legacies of historical trauma
  • Secondly, by inviting scholars from across the ACU’s network to explore the role of the arts as a form of witnessing and as a response to the multigenerational impact of colonial trauma, and the historical and structural violence of the last two decades

The event will also provide opportunities to reflect and explore how these practices, successes and developmental areas of conflict transformation through art can enhance sustained peace and support conflict resolution.

The conference will be followed by a network meeting, to discuss future priorities and establish a work plan for the network. The network meeting will continue discussions from the conference, as well as the current work and interests of network members in teaching and learning, research and institutional reform.

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