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Title: Animating peace : a practice investigation engaged with peace-building in Cyprus
Author: Christophini, Myria
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: Glasgow School of Art
Date of Award: 2013
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This research investigates the potential of animation to act as a tool for peace-building. It specifically takes the conflict between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots as case study. It is a cross-disciplinary, value-driven, practice-led inquiry, affiliated with the paradigm of constructivism and the approach of participatory action research. It triangulates the interchangeable qualitative methods of conflict case mapping and assessment, of questionnaires and of reflective animation practice to demonstrate that animation can indeed assist peace-building. The main fields of study that this inquiry deals with are peace research -located within social sciences- and the field of animation, situated within the field of the arts -as opposed to computer science-. Key authors influencing the study include Johan Galtung, Elise and Kenneth Boulding, Carol Rank, Cynthia Cohen, Susan Sontag and Yiannis Papadakis. The values that drive the research derive from the paradigm of positive peace, developed by Galtung. They can be summarised as justice, equality, prosperity, non-violence, cooperation and solidarity. Following exchanges with participants from the two conflicting communities, problems were identified and animation solutions proposed out of which three test-animations were created. These address the themes of inter-communal relationships, language and a shared future . Their impact was then discussed and evaluated by a local audience who suggested amendments. This perpetual, collaborative procedure of action is to be repeated until all needs are met and problems resolved. Primarily my original contribution to knowledge lies in researching a largely neglected area of the arts and peace and in successfully proving that animation can act for the purposes of peacebuilding. The evidence of animation's potential as a peacebuilding tool is threefold: firstly, my Action Research approach leads to the identification of specific animation strategies for any ethnic conflict case. Secondly, animation attributes are enlisted that support this function of the medium. Finally, affirmation was gathered from questionnaires.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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