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The Senator George J.Mitchell Institute
for Global Peace, Security and Justice

'Contested Resonances' Conference 2021

Virtual Conference 'Contested Resonances' 29th-30th July 2021

'Sounding Conflict' Conference 29th-30th July 2021

Contested Resonances: Creativity, Listening and Performance in Conflict Transformation

We're pleased to announce the Project's Conference will be hosted virtually online by the Senator George, J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast.

You are warmly invited to join us

Call for Papers

This interdisciplinary conference will examine conflict and post-conflict contexts through sound in performative practice. Themes include: peacebuilding efforts by music-based community arts initiatives; sonic-arts and theatrical re-soundings of conflict; creative and musical interventions in conflict and post-conflict societies; sound-based methodologies for exploring the narratives and everyday experiences of people in post-conflict contexts. We also welcome papers that explore the nature of creative processes and practices in conflict and post-conflict settings through theatre, movement, visual and plastic arts, and film as they relate to sound.

We invite papers that discuss a range of issues around:

  • Sounding out the lived experience of people in conflict and post-conflict contexts
  • Intersensorial analyses of creative practices for understanding conflict
  • Processes of sound in the historical auditory imagination/remembering of conflict
  • Practices of listening towards peacebuilding
  • The poetics, performativity and politics of sound and movement in conflict/post-conflict contexts
  • The role of sound technologies in shaping creative interventions
  • The relationship between sound and (contested) place-making
  • Innovative methodologies that utilise sound (or other creative practice)
    • Individual papers (20 minutes plus 10 minutes of discussion)
    • Panels (3 related papers of 90 minutes in total, including discussion)
    • Presentation of soundworks, films or other media

1. We invite you to send paper abstracts (max. 500 words) or panel proposals (max. 1500 words) for one of the following categories:

2. Please submit your abstracts directly to our Project Manager, Christina Captieux at by 5.00pm, 23rd April 2021.  

Alternatively, you can submit via  Please note, an Easychair account is required if you wish to do so. If you do not have an Easychair account, please use the link provided to create a free account.  Account Creation and Submission. To view the Conference details and make a submission after your account is created, you'll need to return to this site and click this link Easychair Submission.

Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by peer review process.  Please note, we are unable to fund participation in the conference.

3. Successful applicants will be notified by 17th May 2021 by 5.00pm.  Participants will be required to upload any pre-recorded video presentations by 15th June 2021. We are happy to pre-record all participants' presentations with them directly. Please get in touch with our Project Manager before 15th June deadline to arrange a date to do this with us. 

We look forward to welcoming you virtually to Queen’s University Belfast.
The conference is organised by Prof. Fiona Magowan, Prof. Pedro Rebelo, Dr. Stefanie Lehner and Christina Captieux,as part of the AHRC/ESRC funded Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research project Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation 2017-2021. 

For more information and any submission queries, please contact our Project Manager, Christina Captieux  

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