PRIO has launched a new Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict. The centre aims to study the relations between culture and violent conflict by initiating joint research projects, hosting seminars and workshops and encouraging cooperation between scholars and practitioners in the cultural field.

Championing interpretive research based on the humanities, the Centre is one of the few international efforts to create an academic environment dedicated to researching the nexus of culture and violent conflict. It comes at a time when such contributions are recognized as being important to understand and prevent violence. The Norwegian government's recent White Paper on the Humanities emphasizes that the contribution from the humanities is essential to research on conflict.

The PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict is located at the PRIO headquarters in Oslo, and is staffed by PRIO researchers. It actively seeks to collaborate with cultural events and festivals in Norway that treat topics of peace, conflict and violence.