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"Call for Artists: Brandeis International Fellowships (2003-2004) - Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts"
2003-04-14 until 2003-06-02
Brandeis University, International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life
Waltham, MA, USA United States of America

The Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, a program of Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, is currently seeking applications for the third round of Brandeis International Fellowships (BIFs), addressing the theme Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts.

The term 'reconciliation' is still in the process of being defined. Scholars and practitioners, emerging as we do from different religious and cultural traditions and from different disciplines and professional fields, understand differently the meaning of the term and the processes it entails. A conversation has begun to take place among those working toward reconciliation in communities around the world - a conversation toward a clearer understanding of reconciliation and toward more effective practice.

Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts is designed to bring into this conversation the questions and insights of artists and cultural workers, many of whom are already working in historically divided communities to facilitate conciliatory processes. It is our hope that this new round of BIFs will highlight and strengthen artistic and cultural approaches to reconciliation by engaging those who already use them in documenting, reflecting upon, creating theory about, and sharing their work.

Applications are sought from teams of two persons who live or work in the same geographic region. One member of each team should be an artist, cultural worker, or peacebuilding practitioner already exploring the intersection of reconciliation, culture, and the arts. The other member of the team should be a documentor - a writer, oral historian, filmmaker, photographer, journalist, sociologist or ethnographer, for example - preferably with experience working in historically divided communities documenting complex social processes and/or facilitating reflective inquiry.

Fellows will attend two one-week institutes at Brandeis University, the first November 9-16, 2003 and the second October 10 - 17, 2004. The institutes will be conducted in English. In the months between the institutes, each team will document and reflect upon the on-going work of at least one member of the team that furthers processes of reconciliation through the arts and culture.

Fellows will receive round-trip travel and simple accommodations for both Brandeis institutes. Each fellow will receive $1,000 to support the work and its documentation.

Applications are due no later than June 2, 2003 at 5 p.m. 

More information go to: www.brandeis.edu/ethics/coexistence_initiative/

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