Special Edition - Music in Peacebuilding: Keywords Volume 2
Music and Arts in Action 7 (3) 2020 ISSN: 1754-7105
A Research Journal by
LAUREN MICHELLE LEVESQUE AND DARREN FERGUSON
Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality Saint Paul
Beyond Skin Northern Ireland
The word ‘space’ has gained visibility in peacebuilding literature over the last few years, especially in literature on the dynamics of local peacebuilding processes. Regarding these processes, spatial approaches have extended knowledge of the role that narratives of space play in shaping individual and collective experiences of peace. These narratives include the contested meanings attributed to local landmarks or how notions of ‘safe space’ inform the design of peace-focused activities in particular communities. Adding to the complexity of usage around the term, musical performance itself has been described as a space through which communities can imagine and enact peace. Given these multiple understandings, engaging in a sustained discussion of the word space is an opportunity to identify ideas and approaches that can bridge emerging discourses on local peacebuilding processes and their relationship to music.
Lauren Michelle Levesque is an assistant professor in the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality. Her research interests include arts-based research, engaged scholarship, musical performance, and nonviolent social change.
Darren Ferguson is a musician, community worker, peace activist and founder of Beyond Skin.
The journal Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) emerges from international, cross-disciplinary work that takes a wider, holistic approach in researching the dynamic role of music and the arts in social life and cultural experience. Cutting-edge work in this area considers how aesthetic experiences and artistic forms are unconsciously, semi-consciously and actively used by individuals and groups to structure social relations, situations, environments and action. Simply put, how, when and where do music and art do something, how do music and art matter?
MAiA is a peer-reviewed Open Access journal published by the SocArts Research Group and the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology of the University of Exeter (United Kingdom).
Introduction to Keywords Authors
Craig Robertson University of York
Olivier Urbain Min-On Music Research Institute
Elaine Sandoval City University of New York
Michael Golden Soka University of America