Body Oriented Approaches and Arts in Peace and Conflict Transformation

Body Oriented Approaches and Arts in Peace and Conflict Transformation

This research group is dedicated to investigating artistic and body-oriented approaches to peace and conflict. It seeks to understand the potential of these approaches particularly in the areas of applied peace and conflict work, in didactics and as regards their epistemological and methodological potential for peace research. Based on a process-model of the human being that is grounded in system theory and humanistic psychology it is assumed that (conflict) transformation is relational and concerns conflict workers and parties as whole human being. Similar goes for both the experience of peace just as well as for the engagement of the researcher in research or learners in learning. Body-oriented approaches and arts therefore have a special role as they allow accessing a vast range of human experiencing that complement and expand cognitive approaches.  

This research group deepens the methodological understanding of arts and body-oriented approaches and creates a laboratory for experiential experimentation and systematic reflection.

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