Nigeria is challenged by ethnic and religious conflicts, social marginalisation and displacement. In this context, artistic practices can contribute in fostering social cohesion and participation which leads to more peaceful coexistence and the creation of pluralistic societies.
This seminar will investigate arts education and community building in conflict situations in Nigeria. How can pluralistic societies be created with the means of arts and culture? What can be the contribution of arts to create social coherence? Which frameworks are needed to enable sustainable artistic practices?
On a theoretical level the students will acquire knowledge on the concepts of conflict, conflict transformation, social coherence, bottom-up peace building processes in relation to arts education, cultural practices and community building.
To gain practical insights, the students will get introduced into examples on the role of art and culture within conflicts in Nigeria (f. i. cultural performances in the farmers-herders conflict, visual expression as a form of social inclusion amongst internally displaced persons).
The online seminar will take place in cooperation with scholarship holders of the SDG Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa’, a collaborative training network for graduate students by the
University of Hildesheim (Germany), the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana).