Report from PRAXIS & the UK National Commission for UNESCO on 'Creative Industries and Tourism: Beyond Economic Development', which explores the role of heritage-based tourism and creativity in promoting inclusive development. The report features key insights, recommendations, and case studies from Prof Sophia Labadi, Prof Steven Mithen, Ceasar Bita, Leila Ben-Gacem, Prof Paul Heritage, and Dr Jon Henderson, and written by Dr Francesca Giliberto, University of Leeds.
Report from PRAXIS & the UK National Commission for UNESCO on Heritage, Mental Health and Wellbeing. The report features key insights, recommendations, and case studies from Dr Karina Croucher, Dr Adrian Evans, Prof Raghu Raghavan, Prof Owen Green, Prof Andrew Wilson, and Dr Beverley Costa.
Issue 3 report brief from the PRAXIS and UK National Commission for UNESCO conference 'Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures' session on Re-thinking Capacity Strengthening for Sustainable Development. The report reflects on harnessing the potential of heritage to rethink current approaches for local capacity strengthening for sustainable development, from formal and informal education, to training and other learning activities. The report features key insights, recommendations, and case studies from Eugene Jo, Dr Nelson Mlambo, Prof Loredana Polezzi, Alfonse M. D’Amato, Judith Hall, and Helen Jones.
Issue 1 brief report from the PRAXIS and UK National Commission for UNESCO conference 'Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures' session on biocultural heritage and landscapes (Feb, 2021). This session focused on biocultural heritage and cultural landscapes, holistic and integrated concepts which exemplify the interdependency between humanity and nature. The report features key insights, recommendations, and case studies from Dr Rosalind Bryce and Dr Maya Ishizawa.
The research project is a collaboration between the University of Leeds and The Kohima Institute and aims to build the research capacity among indigenous young people in the region of Nagaland where there has been a curtailment of research into critical areas such as health.
Connective Memories is a participatory arts research project on the topic of Isangizanyankuru (meaning shared stories and memories in Kinyarwanda), codesigned, co-delivered and evaluated by 10 young people and 6 adult facilitators in Rwanda, in collaboration with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace and Uyisenga Ni Imanzi.
As part of Changing the Story's Phase One Activities is Rwanda this critical review and project reflection maps out the work of the project taking place in both public and private spaces in relation to the use of art in fostering peacebuilding in post-genocide Rwanda. The aim of the critical review is to record convergences, synergies and challenges within the Mobile Arts for Peace project (MAP). The critical review is comprised of a youth report, teachers report and an artist report and outlines the methodologies used, as well as the influence and impact of the project on each group.
Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Curriculum for music, dance and drama in Rwanda by A Breed, K Dennison, S Nzahabwanayo, K Pells - The Applied Theatre Reader, 2020. This chapter examines the use of interdisciplinary, arts-based approaches to peacebuilding through the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) project in Rwanda funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund through an overarching project entitled Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Societies with and for Young People in Five Post-Conflict Countries.
Academic article. Understandings of childhood and trauma are based on bio-psychological frameworks emanating from the Global North, often at odds with the historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts in which interventions are enacted, and neglect the diversity of knowledge, experiences and practices. This paper by Kirrily Pells, Ananda Breed, Chaste Uwihoreye, Eric Ndushanbandi, Matthew Elliot, and Sylvestre Nazahabwana explores these concerns in the context of Rwanda and the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. We reflect on two qualitative case studies: Connective Memories and Mobile Arts for Peace which both used arts-based approaches drawing on the richness of Rwandan cultural forms.
YouthLead (Colombia) is a participatory arts research project and collaboration between Queen's University Belfast, National Centre for Historical Memory, Konrad Lorenz University and Gestores de Paz. which addresses two broad research questions. First, how are young people in Colombia tackling the legacy of violence, and second, how can the arts amplify the voices of young people?
Community Arts against Antimicrobial Resistance in Nepal is a a practice research project that took place 2017-19 in Nepal. The aim of the project was to explore how participatory approaches can help arts based research related policy both better inform and be informed by the people whom it seeks to affect. This manual shares activities that combine participatory video, participatory research methods and arts-based approaches.
“Heritage for Global Challenges” (24-26 February 2020, West Bek’aa, Lebanon) was a three-day workshop organized by Praxis with the goal to champion the distinctive contribution that Arts and Humanities research can make to tackle urgent global development challenges, focusing on heritage, in particular. This Heritage for Global Challenges Lebanon Workshop...
Infrastructural, high-tech, and top-down agricultural investments to address immediate food and health security needs often overshadows developing resilient food and agricultural systems, particularly in the context of climate change. This session will draw on real world examples from across the globe to explore ways that Arts, Culture, and Heritage can address issues of food and agricultural sustainability and resilience while also considering the needs of marginalised groups and transforming social inequalities. Hosted by PRAXIS in partnership with the Americas Regional Partner, Angelica Arias, Climate Heritage Network, Metropolitan Institute of Heritage-Quito, Ecuador.
Photo essay on the use of the moringa tree in Zimbabwe by Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage.
The Emerging Moringa Economy: A ground-breaking opportunity to boost rural green economies and youth employment in South Africa (2022) Policy brief from Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage.
Remodelling the intergenerational moringa industry to support local economic development in Binga, Zimbabwe Policy brief from Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage.
Photo essay on the moringa economy in South Africa by Follow-on Fund project, Transnational and Intergenerational Exploration of Ecological Heritage.
Mobile Arts for Peace Rwanda Documentary, directed by Deus Kwizera. Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) is a practice-as-research project using arts-based methods to increase child and youth participation in decision-making and to inform National Curriculum and Youth Policy.
Raginie Duara introduces the documentary short 'Diary of a Recovering Drug Addict'.