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.
*Art, Peace and Conflict: Conversations with Artists* is a seminar series organized by the [PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict](https://ccc.prio.org/). Violent conflict is constructed, understood, justified, organized and mediated through culture. In order to defuse and prevent conflicts, we need to understand how people imbue them with meaning. The seminar series aims to explore the role of art in this meaning-making process at different phases of conflict and war. The seminars consist of conversations between artists and academics, as well as the artists presenting some of their work. The next seminar will be announced soon.
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Photo: Indigo Trigg-Hauger / PRIO