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The Senator George J.Mitchell Institute
for Global Peace, Security and Justice

This project investigates the effects of sound (including sonic arts, participatory music-making and storytelling in theatre) and their distribution through digital media activities. We are analysing how sounds project and ameliorate community experiences, memories and narratives of conflict across cultures and different conflict/post-conflict settings of resistance through to reconciliation.

Comparative case studies with projects in the Middle East, Brazil and Northern Ireland serve as a basis for evaluating how sound is used to articulate experiences of violence, support narratives of resistance and promote peace building.  Together with community partners, our interdisciplinary team brings together sonic, performative and digital media collaborations from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. We are developing complementary methodologies to address critical questions in conflict research, music and the arts. Visit About Project, Research Outcomes, News & Events and Related Projects

Latest  News: Our virtual Final Conference 'Contested Resonances: Creativity, Listening and Performance in Conflict Transformation' will take place 29th-30th July 2021. For more details, please visit 'Call for Papers' and our News & Events Page. 



“The sight and the sound, there’s nothing quite like it”.

It was great to see Colonel Tom Moore punching his fist in the air victorious, celebrating his hundredth birthday on the remarkable achievement of raising £30 million for all those battling in their multiple and various roles across the frontlines throughout the NHS. It was fitting that his birthday should have been highlighted in a fly past by the airforce.

The sounds of the Spitfire and Hurricane surely brought back many incredible memories as he commented, “I am one of the few people here who’ve seen Hurricane and Spitfires flying past in anger, fortunately today they’re all flying peacefully. That’s one of the outstanding things. But I remember when they were flying not with peace, but with anger.”

 Sounds and the memories they evoke have the capacity to transform and be transformed through their reimagination in new contexts, turning from war and violence to capturing the hearts and vision of millions of people. We should not underestimate their resonant power whether in silence, a handclap or an engine roar!


Discover more about QUB's Global Research Institute, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

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