Theatre for Peacebuilding

The Role of Arts in Conflict Transformation in South Asia

  • Nilanjana¬†Premaratna

Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nilanjana Premaratna
    Pages 1-28
  3. Conceptualising Theatre for Peacebuilding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Nilanjana Premaratna
      Pages 31-64
    3. Nilanjana Premaratna
      Pages 65-103
  4. Exploring Theatre in Local Peacebuilding Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Nilanjana Premaratna
      Pages 107-152
    3. Nilanjana Premaratna
      Pages 153-186
    4. Nilanjana Premaratna
      Pages 187-232
    5. Nilanjana Premaratna
      Pages 233-240
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-249

About this book


This book contributes to key debates in peacebuilding by exploring the role of theatre and art in general. Premaratna argues that the dialogical and multi-voiced nature of theatre is particularly suited to assisting societies coming to terms with conflict and opening up possibilities for conversation. These are important parts of the peacebuilding process. The book engages the conceptual links between theatre and peacebuilding and then offers an in-depth empirical exploration of how three South Asian theatre groups approach peacebuilding: Jana Karaliya in Sri Lanka, Jana Sanskriti in India, and Sarwanam in Nepal. The ensuing reflections offer insights that are relevant to both students and practitioners concerned with issues of peace and conflict.

Nilanjana Premaratna is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She studied at the University of Queensland, Australia and her research and publications engage with art, peacebuilding, and politics.


theatre peacebuilding South Asia statebuilding societybuilding culture sustainable approaches to peace multivocal and dialogical voice of theatre mobile theatre Sri Lanka Jana Karaliva conflict narratives forum theatre India Jana Sanskriti structural violence alternative theatre Nepal Sarwanam citizen perspectives

Authors and affiliations

  • Nilanjana¬†Premaratna
    • 1
  1. 1.ZurichSwitzerland

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