University of the Arts London join forces with research institutions King’s College London and London School of Economics and Political Science for a major interdisciplinary collaborative project that aims to improve our understanding of a major current and future global security challenge.

The team consists of investigators (Dr Rachel Kerr and Professor James Gow of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, Dr Denisa Kostovicova of the Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Dr Paul Lowe of London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and non-academic collaborators in its design, production and delivery, commissioning artists in a variety of media to create and develop practices and artifacts.

This interdisciplinary project aims to innovatively investigate post-conflict reconciliation to address the major gap between aspects of justice and the creative arts.

They do so by combining history, conflict resolution methodologies, art and creative practice, and both qualitative and quantitative social sciences. They plan to do this in three strands:

  • An historical investigation of the concept and practice of reconciliation through time and in different geographical regions.
  • Interrogation of both the past use of art and related media in reconciliation initiatives and the potential of artistic practices and artefacts to play a role in inter-communal conflict resolution, remembrance, forgetting and forgiving.
  • Comparative empirical research ‘mapping’ reconciliation activities across countries and over time and analyzing discourses of reconciliation, applying computer-assisted quantitative and qualitative text analysis.

The research is aimed to benefit broad constituencies of interest, both academic and practitioner, in both public and private spheres.

The research is funded through the Large Grant scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the Conflict Theme of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) and through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

For more information, contact: Paul Lowe: p.lowe@lcc.arts.ac.uk Rachel Kerr: Rachel.kerr@kcl.ac.uk