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Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2049-3010
  • E-ISSN: 2049-3029



In this article James Thompson discusses In Place of War, a research and practice-based initiative at the University of Manchester that has sought to document and examine theatre and performance projects in sites of contemporary armed conflict. He outlines the genesis of the project from practice-based training programmes in Sri Lanka in 2000, and examines the questions that it sought to answer in the main period of research between 2004 and 2007. The article includes descriptions of theatre projects and performances with which In Place of War has engaged – including DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Sudan. It explores how the differences between these projects raise questions about the relationship between the arts and conflict, memorialization and resistance. The article then provides an overview of the challenges presented by these different practices, and sketches some of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that either have been useful in thinking through the projects, or have been tested by the questions that have arisen during the research process.


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