Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation 2021

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How to transform conflicts in ways that inspire healthier dynamics in relationships and communities? How to creatively tap into conflictive energies, directing them to transformation? What are possible creative resources for engaging with conflicts in personal, communitarian, national and global levels? Investigating these questions, this course provides an overview of key creative approaches to conflict transformation, critically discussing their potential, limitations and ethics. Furthermore, it explores how creativity and insights from embodiment and arts can contribute to fostering non-violent alternatives to engage with conflicts and promote peaces.

In this seminar, we will discuss theoretical approaches such as arts-based peacebuilding, the moral imagination, creative and elicitive conflict transformation. We will also explore case studies and experiment with creative practices, such as movement and dance, music, theater and visuals. The methodology is based on hands-on engagement in a participatory dynamic that combines theory and practice. It invites to observe one’s own transformative processes, exchanging experiences and dialoguing with theories, artistic creations and other participants through contextual lenses. With a focus on the practitioners themselves, the aim is to explore creative resources for transforming conflicts in one’s own context.


  • To build a vocabulary of key terms and main theoretical discussions in creative approaches for conflict transformation.

  • To explore diverse creative approaches for conflict transformation, as dance, theater, music, and visuals in dialogue with theory, case studies and personal practice.

  • To investigate individual and collective dynamics of creativity, imagination, vulnerability and power in engaging with these methods.

  • To increase understanding on the contributions, potential, limitations, and ethics of creative and artistic methods for conflict transformation through case studies.

  • To explore self-reflection and conflict analysis, investigating potential creative approaches that could contribute to transformation.

Key Concepts

  • Creativity and Arts

  • Peace

  • Creative and Elicitive approaches to Conflict transformation

  • Arts-based PeacebuildingMoral Imagination


Online Live Sessions: From August 31 to October 12; every Tuesday from 16:30 to 18:00 CET


The course is structured around different formats as interactive lectures, discussion forums, orally guided exercises including movement, theater, visuals, contemplative practices, individual reflection and group discussion. The activities are highly participative, with emphasis on embodied experience. The objective is to create a welcoming space in which diverse forms of knowledge can be explored and expressed, eliciting knowledge from personal experience and emerging in the collective encounter. This welcoming space is cultivated through co-responsibility, care and trust.


  • Participation in the weekly Interactive Forums, with brief reflections or creative responses regarding the readings/videos, and interactions with at least one other post.

  • Active participation in the live sessions.

  • One mid-term assignment exploring a topic of interest on creative conflict transformation. Participants receive feedback on their assignments and provide feedback to other assignments as well.

  • One final assignment building upon the first one, integrating a dialogue with the theories studied (and others) and professional experiences, focusing on potential creative approaches for transformation.

Total expected weekly hours: 4 to 6 hours


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Paula Ditzel Facci

Paula Ditzel Facci

Trainer for Gender in peace and conflict // Creative Techniques for Conflict Transformation
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