The aim of the session is to explore different expressions of culture – and popular culture in particular – as potential vehicles for rebuilding broken socio-cultural bonds and creating constructive spaces for the articulation of a new form of ‘civility’ in post-conflict societies. The key question that the session thus aims to address is: ‘can (popular) culture play a constructive role in the process of conflict transformation, and can it contribute to the building of progressive civic identities that foster non-confrontational interactions and engagements in the post-conflict society?’ Broadly understood, the question is about exploring the possibilities of (popular) culture acting as an ‘agent of peace and tolerance’ after the end of violence. The session welcomes the papers from diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary orientations, and encourages both conceptual/theoretical and empirical explorations of the subject-matter.
Session Organizer: Dalibor Misina, PhD, Lakehead University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Chair: Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University
Session Code: SCul4