Arts and Activism During Conflict

Following the film: Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
St. Andrews : University of St. Andrews, Shool of International Relations, School 3
Friday 10 April 19:00 to 20:00 (Free Admission)
Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Room No. 1.06
Saturday 11 April 19:00 to 20:00 (Free Admission)

This panel seeks to:
1. Shed light on both the existence and importance of the agency of civil society during conflict through arts and activism
2. Explain the local and international challenges limiting a stronger agency of civil society in peace-building in Syria


Well into its fourth year, Syria’s on-going conflict has become the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. Whilst violence and extremism are perceived and covered by the media as key features of this conflict, civil society and peaceful means of change have been under-reported. Beyond Assad, ISIS, violence, death and militarization; civil society can and does exist in Syria. Civil society has and continues to play a vital role in contributing to early recovery, increasing resilience and containing violence. The arts and cultural activism that have created its own space during the Syrian conflict is but one critical refection of this. However, civil society remains weak and much challenged in Syria.

Edinburgh Panel:

11/4/2015 From 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. After Death Visited me, Yet on the Shelf There was No Coffee movie screening.
50 George Square
Edinburgh University

Panelists:

1.Tamara Al Om – Centre for Syrian Studies Fellow / PhD Candidate at the University of St. Andrews – School of International Relations
2. Zaher Omarain – Syrian Film-maker, writer and civil society activist
3. Rouba Mhaisen – Founder of SAWA for Development and Aid / PhD Candidate – SOAS University
Presenter and Moderator: Rana Khalaf -Centre for Syrian Studies Fellow / Independent Researcher.

St Andrews Panel:

10/4/2015 From 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. After Death Visited me, Yet on the Shelf There was No Coffee movie screening..
School III, St Salvator’s Quad
University of St Andrews

Panelists

1.Tamara Al Om – Centre for Syrian Studies Fellow / PhD Candidate at the University of St. Andrews – School of International Relations
2. Mahmoud Al Khatib – Centre for Syrian Studies Fellow / Syrian civil society activist
3. Zaher Omarain – Syrian Film-maker, writer and civil society activist
Presenter and Moderator: Abdulhamid Qabbani – Centre for Syrian Studies Fellow / Syrian researcher and civil society activist.

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