Mapping Artistic and Cultural Methodologies of Conflict Transformation in Urban Contexts: Perspectives from Global South


This proposed research project is part of a growing movement to establish the practical and conceptual field of Conflict Resolution and Transformation. In light of internationally consolidated debates, this research project proposes, based on a specific sample, to understand the spatial, temporal and political specificities that define patterns of inequality and (in)security that compromise the consolidation of democratic rule of law and its mechanisms of civic participation in peripheral urban territories with high levels of organized, state and parastatal violence. Aligned with the research, teaching and public advocacy activities developed, since 2013, by the Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM), affiliated with the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), the project aims to map and discuss new means of analysis and action focused on the development of territorial, cultural and artistic methodologies that allow to access and resize the problems of violence and structural inequality present in Latin American cities like Rio de Janeiro. The proposed approach will allow, in the context of higher education in the State of Rio de Janeiro and through interaction with civil society organisations, to contribute to the so-called “urban turn” in the field in question, bringing the experience of Rio de Janeiro into dialogue with other experiences in the region, in urban contexts of Colombia, Mexico and neighbouring countries. In synthesis, the project will contribute to (i) the training of human resources specialised in theories and processes of conflict transformation, particularly through the analysis of artistic-cultural methodologies; and (ii) the comparison of artistic-cultural experiences in Latin American urban contexts, focusing not only on existing concepts and practical models but also on the circulation of these practices in the region.