Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation

This project investigates the effects of sound (including sonic arts, participatory music-making and storytelling in theatre) and their distribution through digital media activities. We are analysing how sounds project and ameliorate community experiences, memories and narratives of conflict across cultures and different conflict/post-conflict settings of resistance through to reconciliation.

Comparative case studies with projects in the Middle East, Brazil and Northern Ireland serve as a basis for evaluating how sound is used to articulate experiences of violence, support narratives of resistance and promote peace building.

Together with community partners, our interdisciplinary team brings together sonic, performative and digital media collaborations from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. We are developing complementary methodologies to address critical questions in conflict research, music and the arts. One aspect of the project addresses the lasting effectiveness of participatory sound art projects which reflect ideas of both resistance and reconciliation by re-visiting the project ‘Som da Maré‘. One of the outputs of the project is a sound installation shown in Derry/Londonderry then taken to Museu da Maré in Rio de Janeiro. Curated by Pedro Rebelo with Matilde Meireles, the installation aims to juxtapose experiences and insights arising out of fieldwork across the various work streams.

Visit project site or more details of our comparative project areas of research in Brazil, Northern Ireland and the Middle East; and QUB’s Global Research Institute, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council under the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research.

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