Peace moves: Dance, identity and peacebuilding

Jeffrey, Erica Rose (2015) Peace moves: Dance, identity and peacebuilding. In Stock, C. F. & Germain-Thomas, P. (Eds.) Contemporising the Past: Envisaging the Future, Proceedings of the 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Angers, France.

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Abstract

Dance is a potential asset for peacebuilding, creating opportunities for nonverbal, embodied learning, exploring identity, and relationships. Peace scholars consider identity and relationships to the ‘other’ as key components in transforming conflict. Focusing on a case study in Mindanao, the Philippines, this paper explores the potential of dance in a peacebuilding context through embodied identity and relationships. In Mindanao, deep-seated cultural prejudices contribute to ongoing conflict entwined with identity. The permeable membrane (Cohen, Gutiérrez & Walker, 2011) is the organising framework describing the constant interaction between artists, facilitators, participants, and communities. It expands peace scholar John Paul Lederach’s concept of the moral imagination, requiring the capacity to envisage one’s self within a web of relationships. In this paper multiple methods of qualitative research including personal interviews are used to further the discussion regarding dance’s potential to diversify the nonverbal tools available for peacebuilding.

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ID Code: 95034
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: dance, empathy, identity, peacebuilding, mirroring
ISBN: 9781875255207
Divisions: Current > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015, Erica Rose Jeffrey
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2016 00:59
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 22:26

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