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Gunter Demning Receives Prisoners' Testament Award

Gunter Demning Receives Prisoners' Testament Award

Monday, 17 Jun 2019

This year, the prize was awarded to Gunter Demning for his art project 'Stolpersteine' [Stumbling blocks], commemorating victims of national socialism in Europe 1933-1945.

​The Prisoners' Testament Award [Fangenes testamente] is awarded annually by Aktive Fredsreiser [Travel for Peace] in collaboration with PRIO.

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Call for Applications: UiO-PRIO Student Programme

Call for Applications: UiO-PRIO Student Programme

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

​Since 2016, the University of Oslo (UiO) and PRIO have been engaged in a strategic partnership. As a vital part of this collaborative relationship, up to ten UiO master's students each year are offered a place within the vibrant, international and interdisciplinary research environment on peace and conflict at PRIO. Students from any and all UiO faculties and departments are welcome to apply. 

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CCC Seminar with Iffit Qureshi and Marta Bivand Erdal

CCC Seminar with Iffit Qureshi and Marta Bivand Erdal

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019

​PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict (CCC) organized the second seminar in the series Art, Peace and Conflict: Conversations with Artists on 20 March. Photographer Iffit Qureshi and PRIO researcher Marta Bivand Erdal engaged in a conversation on how art and research can contribute to creating more inclusive societies and shared reflections about what inspires them to do work exploring diversity and nationhood. Cindy Horst moderated the conversation. Iffit Qureshi also presented her photography project Humans of Oslo. 

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Jacob Høigilt on NRK P2: Music and Comics during the Arab Spring

Jacob Høigilt on NRK P2: Music and Comics during the Arab Spring

Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019

​Friday 8 February, former PRIO Research Professor Jacob Høigilt was a guest on the Norwegian radio show Ekko on NRK P2.

The episode focuses on music and comic books during the Arab Spring in Egypt. Jacob Høigilt talks about the role of comic books for adults during this time. He describes how comics are used to criticise authoritarian politics, gender relations and oppression of women. He also reflects on the liberating potential of comics and other cultural expressions in this context.

Listen to the Ekko episode here.

On 13 February, PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict hosts a book launch for Jacob Høigilt’s new book Comics in Contemporary Arab Culture: Politics, Language and Resistance. For more information and registration click here. 

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PRIO and Goethe-Institut Workshop with Academics and Cultural Practitioners

PRIO and Goethe-Institut Workshop with Academics and Cultural Practitioners

Monday, 11 Feb 2019

On 6 February, PRIO and the Goethe-Institut hosted a four-hour participatory workshop with a small group of invited cultural practitioners and academics.

The workshop was set-up to facilitate in-depth exchange and co-creation of knowledge between academics and cultural practitioners focusing on themes like privilege, dominant narratives and attempts to 'decolonize' institutions and practices. Participants represented institutions like the University of Oslo, OsloMet, University of Agder, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, PRIO and Oslo National Academy of the Arts, as well as various museums, art institutions and institutions working with film, music and literature.

Through individual reflection, shared explorations and creative group exercises, participants explored collective societal narratives, institutional roles, as well as individual potentialities. The workshop provided a space for cultural practitioners and academics to engage with and learn from each other. Plans for common future initiatives were made.

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