The Cellist of Sarajevo and Other Stories
Emeritus Professor Nigel Osborne MBE
This Presentation* begins with consideration of a historical a progression from art as a celebration of conflict, through art as propaganda, to art as a reflection of the human "truths" and emotional narrative of war, and finally to art as opposition to conflict.
Professor Osborne describes case studies of his own experiences of music, sound art and the transformation of conflict, beginning with the Committee for the Defence of the Workers and the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Poland in the 1970s, music and the Taganka Theatre during the Soviet period in Moscow, the Jazz Section of the Czechoslovak Musicians Union and the Velvet Revolution, and music as truth, identity, the common life and cultural resistance during the siege of Sarajevo.
It ends with an account of the role of music in supporting children who are victims of conflict, including a description of a methodology based on a bio- psycho-social model, and a short film made by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) about Nigel's work with Syrian refugee children in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.
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The Conference was organised as part of the AHRC/ESRC funded Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research project Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation 2017-2021.