Past Event

Arts for Transformation: The Role of Living Arts in Post-Conflict Contexts

May 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Columbia Global Centers l Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006

In 2016, Cambodian Living Arts convened a forum in Phnom Penh, inviting 40 arts activators from 20 countries around the world to explore practices, partnerships and possibilities for their essential work in the arts, through the lens of post conflict. 2 years later, on the eve of the European premiere of "Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia," three of the participants will be in conversation - discussing developments in the sector, evolving challenges and opportunities in the current global context and how arts can play a more central role in conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Convened by: Cambodian Living Arts & Columbia Global Center Paris


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Phloeun Prim

A visionary cultural entrepreneur, Phloeun has spearheaded Cambodian Living Arts’ transformation from a grassroots project reviving traditional arts to the leading cultural agency in Cambodia. Phloeun has led the organization as it extended its reach from local to international programming and evolved its role from straightforward transmission of traditions to stimulating expression and innovation. Born during the genocide, Phloeun is proud to have returned to Cambodia and be part of the movement using the arts for healing, social transformation, and economic development.

Regula Gattiker

Regula (MA in Political Science, English Literature and International Public Law / MAS in Cultural Management / CAS in Mediation) has been working in peace and development cooperation for about 13 years. She is the Founder of Connact, an association aiming to promote peace, development, and intercultural understanding through the arts, culture, education, and communication. During the last four years, she realized the project Les Voy a Contar la Historia with displaced farmers in Colombia, in partnership with the Chasquis Foundation. Currently, she works as an advisor on peace & conflict at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, and is developing ideas for new projects with Connact.

Mike van Graan

Co-Founder of the African Cultural Policy Network, former Executive Director of the African Arts Institute and technical expert to UNESCO on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Cape Town and an award-winning playwright, with 24 plays to date. Cultural policy activist, engaged in interrogation and advocacy around the relationship of culture to human rights, democracy, the sustainable development goals, and the economy, among other topics.



Christine M. Merkel

Christine Merkel is a social scientist with over twenty years of international professional experience in policy analysis, project management and human development; in her present function as Head of Division for Culture, Communication, Memory of the World at the German UNESCO Commission, she advises both the Federal Government and Parliament. Her areas of focus are: The organisational development of foundations and public organisations; capacity building of civil society leaders and young experts; the assessment of legal and technical frameworks and resource strategies. She is a seasoned designer and convenor of strategic multi-stakeholder policy dialogues on cultural diversity issues and cultural policy developments, including on behalf of the German Coalition for Cultural Diversity. Assignments included technical expert missions for IDEA International; the European Union; the Council of Europe; the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Foundation and UNESCO.