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Summer School in China, 2018:

A new Art Peace Project called „Global Humanities in Transnational Exchange“ will be held in Qingdao (China) in September 2018. All students from participating universities can apply. A total of 30 students from China, Korea, Japan and Germany are invited to look at Global Humanities from different angles in an artistic way. For further information see here: Global Humanities in Transnational Exchange

The Art Peace Project

The Art Peace Project has grown out of a number of experiments to see whether producing art or analysing art can help to generate fresh ways of seeing oneself and the world, and thereby make a contribution to stimulating a culture of human rights. Methods used in workshops have ranged from improvisation theatre, puppetry, storytelling and photography, to the critical analysis of films and novels. Included in this testing of methods has been working with professional artists. In the “art school” or “writer’s retreat format” there is opportunity for ordinary people to be taken seriously as artists.
The Art Peace Project serves therefore as a forum for the exploration of ways in which the creative arts can contribute to Human Rights and Peace Education. Documentation and analysis of the divergent experiences of participants in the workshops provides the necessary information for ongoing improvement and experimentation.

The programme therefore:

  • explores the use of the creative arts in peace education, particularly in relationship to controversial places;
  • documents and analyses the divergent experiences of participants;
  • makes available through documentary film and exhibition the central ideas generated by the workshop experience.

Impact on Participants:

  • A multifaceted view of their own identity and collective narrative.
  • Through artistic experimenting with new and different ways of being and of relating to others, a greater awareness of the need to be open to a broader range of possibility in daily life.  With this sometimes comes a willingness to engage with utopian possibility.
  • A degree of self-empowerment through describing oneself, as well as redescription as a means of dealing with negative stereotyping.
  • A greater capacity for self reflection and an ability appreciation for someone else’s view.
  • Experience of dealing with controversial issues, in ways which are both playful and intense.

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