Screening Violence is an innovative engagement with communities in Algeria, Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia and Northern Ireland that have experienced prolonged and entrenched violence of different kinds: from guerrilla warfare, to state sponsored persecution of particular groups, to mass murder, to sectarian conflict.

It aims to achieve a new understanding of how social imaginaries shape civil conflicts and transitions to peace. This project recognises visual culture as a key imaginary space where meaning is made about conflict and violence. We therefore use the medium of film to engage with communities that have experienced violence.

Fieldwork research will involve screening films from “other” civil conflicts to volunteer participants from each of the target countries (hence for example films from Latin America to Indonesian audiences). Researchers will interview and film participants from a variety of communities in each country. The goal is to go beyond the so-called “flat-pack peace” with its universalising assumptions, and to engage with local experiences and perceptions of conflict and its aftermath.