From performing arts to plastic arts, from storytelling and poetry to photography and filmmaking, artists across Africa are creating change in their communities, countries, and regions through creative acts. In some contexts, these arts initiatives have created spaces for dialogue and positive peace among and between conflict-affected people. In other cases, the arts and artists have triggered violence and repression, especially as a backlash from state authorities. These issues and many other in Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Rwanda are addressed in this special issue of African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ACPR) 5.1 through the prism of arts. The works include research articles, briefing papers, a photo essay, and a multimedia piece; they embody the diverse methods and perspectives on the arts and peacebuilding.
Special editors, Olivier Urbain and Lindsay McClain Opiyo, see enormous potential in observing and studying the arts in Africa, especially in areas affected by conflict, as they provide illuminative insights into social, economic, and political realms of society. They propose the exploration of this concept by asking how changes in the arts might help us to better understand changes in the political, social, spiritual, and economic facets of a society? In settings of ongoing or potential conflict, can these insights obtained through the arts help us to mitigate and prevent future outbreaks of violence?
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