Changing Narratives Around Humanitarian Protection and Gender-Based Violence: An Artistic Journey: Changer les Récits Autour de la Protection Humanitaire et de la Violence Basée sur le Genre: Un Voyage Artistique

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Institute of Development Studies, Mar 20, 2024 - Social Science - 100 pages

Art is enjoying a resurgence among researchers, activists, and practitioners as a powerful medium to challenge conventional narratives around humanitarian protection, and give access to a broader range of perspectives. As part of a research project focusing on the territories of North and South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, artists and researchers came together to discuss their understandings of the notions of humanitarian and civilian protection, and gender-based violence. This book presents the artists’ unique contributions to this discussion in the form of photography, theatre, dance, music, painting, writing, and slam poetry, in combination with some of the research findings. It provides an alternative perspective on the experience of protection issues from the point of view of the arts, the social sciences, and the humanities.

L’art connaît un regain d’intérêt parmi les chercheurs, les activistes et les praticiens en tant que moyen puissant de remettre en question les discours conventionnels sur la protection humanitaire et de donner accès à un plus large éventail de perspectives. Dans le cadre d’un projet de recherche portant sur les territoires du Nord et du Sud Kivu en République démocratique du Congo, artistes et chercheurs se sont réunis pour échanger sur leurs compréhensions des notions de protection humanitaire et civile et de violences basées sur le genre. Ce livre présente les contributions uniques des artistes à cette discussion sous forme de photographie, de pièce de théâtre, de danse, de musique, de peinture, d’écriture et de poésie slam, ainsi que les résultats de la recherche. Il propose une perspective alternative sur l’expérience des questions de protection d’un point de vue artistique et des sciences sociales et humaines.


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Professor Jeremy Allouche is a Professorial Fellow based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). He is a political sociologist trained in history and international relations with over 20 years research and advisory experience on resource politics (water, mining) in conflict and borderland areas and the difficulties of aid delivery in such contexts, as well as studying the idea of ‘islands of peace’. He previously worked at the University of Oxford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT, ETH Lausanne, the Swiss Graduate Institute of Public administration, and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Jeremy has extensive fieldwork experience in West Africa, most notably Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone, conducting research with international donor and aid agencies, peacebuilding international NGOs, local civil society, and human rights activists. His advisory experience includes work with the Conciliation Resources, DFID, Irish Aid, SDC, UNHCR and the World Food Programme. He is on the editorial board of International Peacekeeping Journal and the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

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