PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict

The PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict ..

  • Is devoted to the study of relations between culture and violent conflict.
  • Is anchored in the humanities, emphasizing interpretive research and focusing on the importance of language, history, philosophy and cultural production to understand the dynamics of conflict. CCC encourages cross-disciplinary research based on this interpretive approach.
  • Is a hub for research on culture and violent conflict by initiating joint research projects, and hosting seminars and workshops. We champion innovative approaches to designing and disseminating research and encourage collaboration between academics and practitioners in the cultural field.

The centre maintains a dedicated website at, where you can follow its activities.

INSPIRE Art Award - Open Call for Artists

Now more than ever we can see how the impact of war and violence changes societies and people. Artists are often at the frontline of documenting, sharing and transforming experiences of war, violent conflict, exile and displacement. 

Creative Methods Workshop for the INSPIRE Project

​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).

Successful First Advisory Board Meeting for the INSPIRE Project

​​On September 15th the INSPIRE advisory board and INSPIRE researchers had their first meeting. Due to corona virus restrictions the meeting was held online.

CCC Seminar with Iffit Qureshi and Marta Bivand Erdal

​PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict (CCC) organized the second seminar in the series Art, Peace and Conflict: Conversations with Artists on 20 March. Photographer Iffit Qureshi and PRIO researcher Marta Bivand Erdal engaged in a conversation on how art and research can contribute to creating more inclusive societies and shared reflections about what inspires them to do work exploring diversity and nationhood. Cindy Horst moderated the conversation. Iffit Qureshi also presented her photography project Humans of Oslo. 

PRIO and Goethe-Institut Workshop with Academics and Cultural Practitioners

On 6 February, PRIO and the Goethe-Institut hosted a four-hour participatory workshop with a small group of invited cultural practitioners and academics.

The workshop was set-up to facilitate in-depth exchange and co-creation of knowledge between academics and cultural practitioners focusing on themes like privilege, dominant narratives and attempts to 'decolonize' institutions and practices. Participants represented institutions like the University of Oslo, OsloMet, University of Agder, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, PRIO and Oslo National Academy of the Arts, as well as various museums, art institutions and institutions working with film, music and literature.

Through individual reflection, shared explorations and creative group exercises, participants explored collective societal narratives, institutional roles, as well as individual potentialities. The workshop provided a space for cultural practitioners and academics to engage with and learn from each other. Plans for common future initiatives were made.

Seminar on Art, Peace and Conflict with Aar Maanta and Cindy Horst

​PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict organized the first seminar in the series Art, Peace and Conflict: Conversations with Artists on 1 February. Musician Aar Maanta and PRIO researcher Cindy Horst engaged in a conversation reflecting on the roles of artists and researchers in exploring and portraying narratives on peace and conflict. Iffit Qureshi moderated the conversation. Aar Maanta also presented some of his work and performed a traditional Somali song.

Jacob Høigilt Releases New Book: 'Comics in Contemporary Arab Culture'

​Former PRIO Research Professor Jacob Høigilt released a new book in January: Comics in Contemporary Arab Culture: Politics, Language and Resistance.

Høigilt writes about how the fascinating world of Arab comics help us gain deeper understanding of how ordinary people relate to some of the themes that regularly catch headlines in Western coverage of the Middle East. Arab comics for grown-ups provide us with sharp and humorous political commentary, while at the same time they express resistance to the authoritarian politics of the elite. Contemporary Arab comics are a counterforce in the Middle East and a valuable window onto popular politics in that region for outside observers.

New PRIO Policy Brief on Co-Creation of Knowledge

​In a new policy brief, Cindy Horst and Marta Bivand Erdal provide perspectives on the question of how academic knowledge can contribute to address pressing societal challenges, whilst living up to the highest scientific standards of validity. 

Seminar on Cultural Production among Southern Sudanese Displaced People in Khartoum

​On 1 November, PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict organized the lunch seminar Cieng, Kafka, and Malcolm X: how southern Sudanese displaced people in Khartoum worked out what liberation might mean. 

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