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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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Seminar on Art, Peace and Conflict with Aar Maanta and Cindy Horst

Seminar on Art, Peace and Conflict with Aar Maanta and Cindy Horst

Thursday, 07 Feb 2019

​PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict organized the first seminar in the series Art, Peace and Conflict: Conversations with Artists on 1 February. Musician Aar Maanta and PRIO researcher Cindy Horst engaged in a conversation reflecting on the roles of artists and researchers in exploring and portraying narratives on peace and conflict. Iffit Qureshi moderated the conversation. Aar Maanta also presented some of his work and performed a traditional Somali song.

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Jacob Høigilt Releases New Book: 'Comics in Contemporary Arab Culture'

Jacob Høigilt Releases New Book: 'Comics in Contemporary Arab Culture'

Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019

​Former PRIO Research Professor Jacob Høigilt released a new book in January: Comics in Contemporary Arab Culture: Politics, Language and Resistance.

Høigilt writes about how the fascinating world of Arab comics help us gain deeper understanding of how ordinary people relate to some of the themes that regularly catch headlines in Western coverage of the Middle East. Arab comics for grown-ups provide us with sharp and humorous political commentary, while at the same time they express resistance to the authoritarian politics of the elite. Contemporary Arab comics are a counterforce in the Middle East and a valuable window onto popular politics in that region for outside observers.

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New PRIO Policy Brief on Co-Creation of Knowledge

New PRIO Policy Brief on Co-Creation of Knowledge

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018

​In a new policy brief, Cindy Horst and Marta Bivand Erdal provide perspectives on the question of how academic knowledge can contribute to address pressing societal challenges, whilst living up to the highest scientific standards of validity. 

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