Performance, Embodiment and the Digital Archive. Collaborative Research in Sites of Conflict, is a digital conference and platform that explores the role that embodied performances play in the construction of memory and reconciliation and the development of digital archives in sites of conflict. It hosts live streamed talks, performances, pre-recorded panels, and Q&A sessions — in English and Spanish — with international researchers, artists and communities to discuss the place of the body, affect, performance and digital platforms in addressing histories of violence. Community and artistic interventions represent sites of conflict from across the globe, including in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Gaza, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the United Kingdom.
With due deference to the theme and limitations related to COVID-19, the conference was entirely digital and free of charge, following the Nearly Carbon Neutral (NCN) model. Previous events brought together international scholars to discuss arts-based initiatives focused on the construction of memory and the representation of unheard voices in museums, textiles, traditional dances, memory parks and more. November 2020 Programme.
The digital conference took place from 12 – 30 October 2020 and followed three main areas of debate:
Communities, artists, performance practitioners and scholars working collaboratively in the construction and dissemination of memory and reconciliation.
The role of the body as central agent in processes of mourning, conflict, memory and reconciliation.
Digital methodologies for analysing and disseminating research alongside communities and the corresponding ethics and politics related to scholarly analysis.
These presentations are hosted on this website as a memoir of interdisciplinary works on memory, embodiment and performance. The site is also linked to Corpografías, the digital archive that records artistic practices of communities in Bojaya, Guapi, Buenaventura and Unguia, as part of the ‘Embodied Performance Practices in Processes of Reconciliation, Construction of Memory and Peace in Chocó and El Pacífico Medio, Colombia’. The site links both research outputs while aims to strengthen the work and connections we are doing in Colombia, the UK and internationally.
The platform will include future presentations, conferences and events related to Corpografias and the UdeA-RHUL collaboration.