Arts in the One World

April 21-23, 2011
Brown University
Providence, RI

Radicalizing Peace:
The lines we will cross

The limits of neutrality and the risks of partisan advocacy in sustainable art, public health and peace initiatives

Arts in the One World 2011 is our sixth annual gathering, bringing together students, faculty, artists, and activists to explore the ways in which the artistic and the political can work together. Our aim is to come out of the conference with new collaborations, new maps, new actions.

We will ask ourselves: When is one beholden to intervene? And according to what criteria? How is the work of art/peace-building sometimes at the vanguard of progressive change, and sometimes manipulated? How does neutrality provide safe space, and when is it fatuous (called neutral, yet endorsing a particular status quo)?

The sessions that make up this year's AOW gathering are built around meals, each hosted at a different site in Providence. Some of these meetings will be public, a few are by invitation. A complete schedule with times, locations, and more information about each event, is available on the Conference Schedule page. The events which are open to all are:

  • Friday, April 22
    Lunch at AS220
    How is your institution (theater, school, partnership) framed for and working towards social change?
  • Saturday, April 23
    Morning workshops at Alumnae Hall
    Applied theatre
  • Saturday, April 23
    Panel Discussion at Wilson Hall, Room 102
    Post Genocide Rwanda: Inventing Structures of Hope
  • Saturday, April 23
    Lunch at the Mathewson Street Church
    How does your art practice work to further change?

More information on these events is available here. Walk-ins are always welcome at our open events, but registration is appreciated. Register for any of these three events here.

AOW '11 is presented in collaboration with Africana Studies at Brown, and the Playhouse Theater in Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland. We are joined again by our partner in hosting: the Interdisciplinary Genocide Study Center (Rwanda) – where the Tutsi Genocide is researched, testimony is gathered, negationism is resisted, and social space for survivors is afforded.