This subsection contains research papers on the contribution of the arts to peace mediation. Drawing on interviews with mediators, peace practitioners, artists and academics, Isabel Käser explores the nexus between art and peacebuilding and examines ways in which arts practices can be incorporated into formal peace processes. Olivier Haener and Miodrag Marinković reflect on the ways in which the arts can contribute to resolving the Kosovo conflict.
Art and Artistic Practices in Peace Mediation – Building Common Ground & Creating “Ah-hah Moments”
This research paper on the nexus between art and peacebuilding explores the ways in which art and artistic practices can be incorporated into formal peace processes, and whether they can serve as an additional resource for mediators. The text draws on interviews with mediators, peace practitioners, artists and academics, and suggests ways in which mediation practitioners may benefit from art-based inputs. The text is a full, updated version of the research report Isabel Käser wrote in 2020 for the Swiss Embassy in the United Kingdom.). A short version of this report was published as a chapter in the Arts in Peace Mediation book (see .pdf of this book in the Resources section).
Mediation as Translation: Reflections on the EU Dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, from the Perspective of the People of Mitrovica
The chapter relates the personal experiences and reflections of two peace dialogue practitioners about the Kosovo conflict. Focused on the divided and disputed Mitrovica region in northern Kosovo, the authors outline the key features of the conflict; underline the need to better connect official Track 1 negotiation processes to local Track 2 and 3 initiatives; and discuss ways in which arts and culture can be leveraged.
Olivier Haener and Miodrag Marinković