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Contested Resonances

Thursday 29th – Friday 30th Jul 2021

This two-day online Conference showcases the wide range of scholarship on sound and performative practice on conflict and post-conflict contexts. Themes include:

  • peacebuilding efforts by music-based community arts initiatives sonic-arts and theatrical re-soundings of conflict
  • creative and musical interventions in conflict and post-conflict societies
  • sound-based methodologies for exploring the narratives and everyday experiences of people in post-conflict contexts

The Conference is organised by Prof. Fiona Magowan, Prof. Pedro Rebelo, Dr. Stefanie Lehner, Dr. Ariana Phillips-Hutton and Christina Captieux, as part of the AHRC/ESRC funded Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security research project Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation 2017-2021. For more information please visit

Facilitating one of the Music and Peacebuilding panels on 29th July 10.30am (GMT) is Dr Oliver Urbain (Director of The Min-On Music Research Institute Japan), Kiyomi Muro (a fellow in training at Music in Common and a recent graduate from Soka University) and Darren Ferguson (founder Beyond Skin).

Session title “Happenings and the Space Between Vibrations: Planned and Unplanned Resonance”.

Dr Oliver Urbain and Darren Ferguson, both members of the #ArtsDialogue collective have been working together since 2019 having developed a music friendship project between students at schools in Japan and Northern Ireland.  The session focusing on both fluid and planned approaches in building relations through music.

The panel session theme is also influenced by a published research paper by Darren Ferguson & Lauren Levesque “Space” ( and a study on Beyond Skin happenings by Rotary Fellow Syann Williams (link