Dostojanstvo: Upholding Human Dignity in Post-conflict Communities

Stephanie Knight
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The focus of this presentation is to illustrate some of the research findings and challenges in the development stage of this pan-European project. It considers the processes of introducing critically engaged development education in a culture of banking education and structures of arts practices which often deny social engagement. The presentation also illustrates how the introduction of reflective practice challenges defensive survival mechanisms. The session encourages and supports dialogue to create insights into working in practice-as-research. It considers how we can ensure our research work moves beyond meaningful reflection and challenging superficial activism. It questions how we remain functioning in principled practice as researchers whilst confronting corruption, betrayal and oppression from political and administrative organisations and individuals.

Conference participants attending this session are asked to bring their own reflections and observations to open up and develop an articulation of the dialogues generating from this area of research practice.

Keywords: Human Rights, Democracy, Development
Stream: Art and Human Rights
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Dostojanstvo

Stephanie Knight

Director, Centre for Community Arts Research & Practice
School of Drama & Creative Industries, Queen Margaret University

Edinburgh, UK

Stephanie Knight is the Director of the Centre for Community Arts Research & Practice. She joined the School of Drama at QMUC in 2000. Prior to this she had a research post at University of Glasgow after completing her research degree at Glasgow School of Art. She is also a theatre director specialising in Development work and an internationally published writer and researcher in participative practice as research and development. Her specialist areas are drama for development, democracy and reclamation. Stephanie has been engaged with community practice for 30 years including working as a local authority arts officer and as a director of an arts development organisation. She has a passionate curiosity about the learning and development which are inherent to the work and celebrates the reclamation of the critical space.

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