The issue addresses the intersection of art and activism by investigating humorous interventions in socio-political conflict situations. Most research related to the arts in conflict zones, both from a social science perspective, as well as from a community arts perspective, tends to emphasize the emancipatory, therapeutic, or reconciliatory attributes of art in conflict, paying attention to how art contributes to conflict resolution, bridges social inequalities, or serves to ease tensions between communities in conflict and overcome trauma. The contributions in this volume discuss the more neglected, "non-serious" aesthetic strategies, such as those employing ironic, grotesque, absurd, frivolous, carnivalesque, and humorous forms of cultural and artistic intervention in conflict settings.
[i] We thank the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS), Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA) for their institutional and financial support.
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