In two new special issues of Conflict and society and Music and Arts in Action, the editors, PRIO researchers Katarzyna Grabska & Cindy Horst, and Katarzyna Grabska & Roy Huijsmans respectively, bring together important new research contributions.
PRIO to co-host academic workshop in Kampala on the role of local humanitarian actors and their accountability practices. Abstracts deadline: 15 January.
For a week in December each year, Oslo city invites the public to learn about and discuss important issues related to peace, democracy and human rights. The series of events are called Oslo Peace Days.
PRIO will contribute to this year's Oslo Peace Days with four events, including the prestigious PRIO Annual Peace Address.
As part of the NORHED II project Partnership for Peace: Better Higher Education for Resilient Societies, PRIO hosted a PhD-level course in Ethnographic Fieldwork Methodology.
The NORHED II project enabled PRIO to host students from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Makerere University (Uganda) and Birzeit University (Palestine). Together with students from a range of European universities, they explored practical and principled concerns that arise from pre-fieldwork planning to post-fieldwork representation of data.
Ebba Tellander defended her PhD successfully on 20 Septeber 2022 at the Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam. The title of her thesis is: The Wind That Blows Before the Rain: Resistance against oppression in Northern Somalia in the 1980son 20 September 2022.
Congratulations from all at PRIO!
On 15 August, PRIO, PRAKSIS and artist Motaz Habbash will kick off
a month-long residency with ten artists whose creative practices respond to
lived experiences of conflict and oppression.
PRIO invites applications for this course, which will be taught in person in Oslo in September 2022. The application deadline is 10 June.
The new open access
in Peace Research: The Oslo Stories explains how PRIO, the world's
oldest independent peace research institute, was founded and how it survived
Three migration-related PhD courses will be offered at PRIO in the course of 2022: (1) Migration theory: perspectives on time and temporalities, (2) Survey methods in migration research: design, implementation, and analysis, and (3) Ethnographic fieldwork methodology: approaches, tools, and ethics.
Please be invited and save the dates for the INSPIRE seminar series autumn 2021! The seminars will take place monthly, on Wednesdays from 12:00-13:00 CET, online, with invited researchers and artists.
In societies at war or facing severe repression, what motivates individuals to take action for social justice when doing so involves great risk and uncertainty? How do such small but often heroic everyday acts of common people inspire larger transformations? And what is the impact of storytelling about everyday acts that challenge inequalities and injustices in places like Myanmar, Somaliland and Syria?
The TRANSFORM research team has grappled with these questions for four years, and you will find some answers in this online exhibition.
Education in situations of conflict and crisis is central in efforts to protect children and youth in the near-term and fostering peaceful coexistence over the longer-term. But how can education enable individuals and communities to build durable futures when there is great uncertainty about where these futures will be?
On June 3rd 2021, the INSPIRE research platform was launched with a live performance by Faytinga and a presentation of artwork by Diala Brisly. The research platform can be explored at inspire.gallery
How does integration in the country of settlement matter for diaspora members’ development engagements in the Global South? And how has this intersection been addressed in policy and practice? A video from webinar the discussing these questions is available.
Artists living in Norway and working on themes related to violent conflict and exile are hereby invited to take part in a unique series of online workshops in March-April 2021 to Explore Inspiration. Deadline for applications is March 1.
Next Tuesday December 8th at 14.00 CET (Oslo time) we will have the PRIO Annual Peace Address, this time with young peacebuilders Hajer Sharief and Ilwad Elman.
On this occasion we wanted to highlight projects and research that focus on youth activism. We're sharing our work on young engagement in political change, because social movements that turn into positive societal transformation are not only initiated by people in power, but very often are initiated or inspired by youth trying to improve their communities. Here are some of the projects showing the importance of youth in peacebuilding.
What drives the small but often heroic everyday acts of people in their attempts to challenge dehumanization and abuse in violent conflict? PRIO is proud to share the second of a series of three animations and comics from Myanmar, Syria and Somaliland, made for the TRANSFORM project in collaboration with PositiveNegatives.
Over four sessions in October, 20 academics and practitioners from around the world met virtually to discuss the question of how education can enable refugee individuals and communities to build durable futures when
there is great uncertainty about where these futures will be? Recognizing the
protracted nature of refugee situations, the latest UNHCR education strategy
prioritizes the integration of refugees into the national education systems of
host countries. While this strategy may increase refugee children and youth's
access to 'inclusive and equitable quality education' (SDG4), it fails to
recognize the limbo in which refugees find themselves in low- and middle-income host countries: they are non-citizens
who cannot access the durable futures that education promises them.
What drives the small but often heroic everyday acts of people in their attempts to challenge dehumanization and abuse in violent conflict? PRIO is proud to share the first of a series of three animations and comics from Myanmar, Syria and Somaliland, made for the TRANSFORM project in collaboration with PositiveNegatives.
On October 5-6th a workshop on creative methods was held for the INSPIRE project. The goal was to discuss creative approaches to study inspiration and social justice. Workshop participants were INSPIRE team researchers; Katarzyna Grabska, Cindy Horst, Marte Nilsen, Trude Stapnes and Sara Christophersen as well as invited artists and academics; Anna Konik (visual artist and advisory board member for the INSPIRE project), George Mahashe (artist, photographer, academic and advisory board member for the INSPIRE project), Solveig Korum (Senior Advisor at Kulturtanken and advisory board member for the INSPIRE project), Cathy Wilcock (musician and academic) and Marisa Cornejo (visual artist).
On September 15th the INSPIRE advisory board and INSPIRE researchers had their first meeting. Due to corona virus restrictions the meeting was held online.
From January 22-23, 2020 a kick-off workshop was held for the INSPIRE project. The kick-off marked the formal start of the INSPIRE project.
PRIO's Centre on Culture and Conflict has received funding from the FRIPRO programme of the Research Council of Norway for the 4-year project Inspirational Creative Practice: the Work of Artists in Times of War (INSPIRE). Congratulations to project leaders Katarzyna Grabska and Cindy Horst, as well as Marte Nilsen and Covadonga Morales Bertrand, who will also take part in the project. There will also be a PhD position.
Little is known about how accountability is understood and practiced by (local and transnational) citizens in comparison to professional humanitarians.
Holding aid accountable: Plural humanitarianism in protracted crisis (AidAccount). This is a 3.5 year project that now has received funding from the NORGLOBAL Programme of the Research Council of Norway.
Congratulations to project leader Cindy Horst, and her team at PRIO: Marta Bivand Erdal, Mohamed Aden Hassan and a Post-Doc position!
This academic workshop focuses on education of refugee children and children living in protracted conflict within and beyond the national frame. Call for abstracts - deadline 15 January 2020.
Last week the Research School on Peace & Conflict held a course titled "Migration research and contestations over migration: Conceptual approaches, ethics and communication". There were 18 participants from universities across Europe and North America, researching across the full range of migration processes and experiences, from the perspectives of refugees and other migrants, societies of emigration and immigration, civil society, as well as governments. They also reflected a mix of disciplines and geographical contexts.
PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict (CCC) and the Goethe-Institut organized the fourth seminar in the series Art, Peace and Conflict: Conversations with Artists on 24 September. Filmmaker Taghreed Elsanhouri and anthropologist Kasia Grabska engaged in a conversation on ways in which film can be part of co-creation of knowledge in and about war and migration. Cindy Horst, co-director of the CCC, moderated the conversation.
A sound recording of the seminar can be found on the seminar event page.