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Call for contributions: Conflict & the Creative Arts Conference 2021

Call for contributions:
Conflict & the Creative Arts Conference 2021

What do we mean by conflict and what is its relationship to artistic practice? What is the role of artistic practice in transforming individuals and societies in contexts of conflict?

We will be exploring these areas at the Conflict & the Creative Arts Conference 2021, a one-day online and in-person conference on the 21 October. 

Here's how to get involved as a contributor. 

Submit a 500-word paper or a five-minute video

Your video or paper should cover what you think the relationship between artistic practice and conflict is. We’ve detailed some ideas on questions you might address below. We're looking for contributions from Undergraduate and Masters students, from anywhere in the world. The best four entrants will sit on a panel to discuss their ideas at the conference as well as having their papers/ videos published online. 

Questions to address.  

The central research question for the Conflict & the Creative Arts Research Centre is - what is the role of artistic practice in transforming individuals and societies in contexts of conflict? Other questions were interested to explore are: 

  • How does artistic practice change individuals’ and groups’ terms of values, cultural meanings, imaginaries and social relations to society? 
  • Are all forms of artistic practice the same in their impact on individual and societal conflict? 
  • Are certain forms of artistic practice/ intervention prioritised over others?  
  • Are the effects of artistic intervention long-term or temporary? Do they work to address certain forms or stages of conflict better than others? 
  • What is the efficacy of participatory vs non-participatory forms of artistic practice and their use in contexts of conflict? 
  • How can arts-based research in the field of conflict studies be applied to civic and social engagement to support the reimagining of pathways out of conflict? 

Submit artwork for an exhibition

To accompany the Conflict & the Creative Arts Conference 2021, we will be holding an exhibition at the University for the Creative Arts' Canterbury campus from the 21 October 2021, as well as digitally.  

We welcome contributions from artists from all creative backgrounds, from fine art and ceramics to video, and textiles. All artworks must respond to the theme of conflict.

Artists, locally and internationally, interested in exhibiting their work on a voluntary basis, should contact us a cultureandconflict@uca.ac.uk.

Closing date for submissions  - 26 September 2021.

Attend the conference

If you'd like to attend Conflict & the Creative Arts Conference 2021, and join in the discussion, online or in person, book your spot now.

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Contact us

To submit your contribution or ask any questions about Conflict & the Creative Arts Conference 2021 contributions, please get in touch at: