Creative Processes & the Politics of Peacebuilding

The Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar with renowned Professor of International Peacebuilding, Dr. John Paul Lederach and others on the dynamics between culture, peacebuilding and human rights in protracted conflict and processes of dealing with violent pasts.

Time and place:
University of Copenhagen, CSS Campus, room 35.01.06, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Wednesday November 30th, 2016, 12:30-2:45pm

To register, please send an email to no later than Monday November 28th, 2016.

Visual arts, theatre, music, dance, literature, sports and popular culture have important parts to play in the pursuit of peace. They are used to support communities in campaigns of non-violent resistance to abuses of power; to create opportunities for building bridges across differences; and to imagine a future free from violent conflict. An arts-based approach to peacebuilding may embrace the many paradoxes inherent in political processes from war to peace, which are not easily articulated or held captive in a politics of human rights and politics of peace. Constructing a culture of peace more broadly is ideally a positive, dynamic, participatory process linked to democracy, justice and development for all and a dynamically transformation of conflicts by non-violent means into new avenues of cooperation and change. In reality, these idealized goals are often caught up in profoundly antagonistic political processes.

Two questions will be examined in this seminar: How the arts can form part of processes of peacebuilding, conflict prevention, conflict mitigation/resolution, and memorialization; and what is the art of peacebuilding: how cultures of peace can be developed and nourished, even when cultural differences may be at the heart of contestations and welded to political and economic power.


12.30-12.40: Welcome / Sara Dybris McQuaid, CRIC

12.40-13.35: John Paul Lederach (including Q&A), Professor in international peacebuilding, Notre Dame University and Senior Fellow, Humanity United

13.35-13.45: Break

13.45-14.05: Maurice Amollo (Deputy Country Director, Mercy Corps and founder of Amani People’s Theatre, Kenya)

14.05-14.25: Kate Turner (Project Director, Healing Through Remembering)

14.25-14.45: Q&A initiated by discussant Mie Roesdahl, CRIC

John Paul Lederach is a Professor of International Peacebuilding at Notre Dame and Eastern Mennonite University. Since 2015 he has been the Senior Fellow with Humanity United. John Paul Lederach is widely known for his pioneering work in conflict transformation and is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal, plus countries in East and West Africa. Mr. Lederach has designed and conducted training programs in 25 countries across five continents. From August 2013, John Paul Lederach was director of the Peace Accords Matrix, the Kroc Institute's unique source of comparable data on all comprehensive peace agreements that have been signed since 1989.

Maurice Amollo is a peacebuilding and development practitioner with more than 14 years of experience with grassroots, national, and international organizations, providing technical support, oversight, direct assistance, and management of development and conflict prevention programs. He managed Amani Peoples Theatre in Nairobi, and is the author of two books exploring the roles of theater and the arts in peacebuilding.  Currently Mr. Amollo is the Deputy Country Director of Mercy Corps in Kenya. He has taught at Tangaza College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, the Utretch School of Arts in Holland, and the University of Southern Denmark.

Kate Turner is the Director of Healing Through Remembering, an independent initiative made up of a diverse membership with different political perspectives working on a common goal of how to deal with the legacy of the past as it relates to the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Kate has been on the advisory committee of a number of projects relating to oral history and stories – these include an academic based website project; a theatre initiative and a television documentary series.

This seminar is a joint venture between two projects within the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, the Innovation-Fund project on Resolution of International Conflict and the Carlsberg-funded project on Human Rights and Peace Building.