Today’s generation of young people are and will be disproportionally impacted by climate change and conflicts that may result from rising sea levels, reduced access to water, and conflict related migration. Likewise, around the world young people are leading and participating in activism in support of peace and climate action. This includes both explicit political movements and more informal activities that contribute to everyday understanding and practice of politics.Read More
Imagining a different reality: Filmmaking and Research
by Nicky Armstrong and Dr Evelyn Pauls
Scholars of the “aesthetic turn” in International Relations have broadened the scope of not only how to study international politics but also what to study (art forms, such as literature or film; aesthetic practices of states, such as military parades or national holidays; and visual material, such as photographs from Abu Ghraib). Bleiker and others have shown how “aesthetic sensibilities can help us rethink some of the most serious problems in global politics” and to find new ways of thinking, seeing, hearing, and sensing the political.
Drawing on the research project “I Have to Speak”, that used participatory documentary filmmaking to explore the long-term reintegration of female ex-combatants as both a method and a dissemination tool, we can look at filmmaking, its potential, and its challenges from three different perspectives: (1) Film as data; (2) film as method and (3) film as output.Read More
Join us for our next Hub event on UN media on 20 April, 5-7pm UK time! It is organised and coordinated by Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob (Department of International Studies, Dickinson College, USA and of course member of our Hub and the sub-unit RUNMAPP) who will also act as the moderator of the event.Read More
Music has always been seen as having the potential to facilitate cross-cultural communication, understanding, reconciliation and healing. It is also in this way that it has been used in Rwanda to encourage the population to overcome feelings of resentment brought about by the Rwandan genocide of 1994.Read More