Shiphrah Mutungi Akandiinda, Ph.D. is a 2022 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Shiphrah Mutungi Akandiinda at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Laurien Alexandre, Committee Chair, Dr. David Anderson Hooker, Committee Member, Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Member.
- Laurien Alexander, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., Committee Member
- David Anderson Hooker, Ph.D., J.D., M.Div. Committee Member
theater, leadership, post-conflict settings, peacebuilding, relationship building
This dissertation explores the role of theater for peacebuilding in post-conflict settings through the analysis of experiences of participants in the Morning Star Forum Theater for Peacebuilding in South Sudan. Arts-based activities, including theater, have increasingly gained momentum as viable interventions for peacebuilding in post-conflict zones. Much of the existent research fails to capture the experiences of the theater participants themselves. Using narrative inquiry, this study interviewed 12 community members who participated in the Morning Star Forum Theater event. In particular, this study focused on how experiences of Morning Star Theater events impacted interpersonal growth and relationship-building, thus positively impacting peacebuilding processes. Participants collectively shared positive stories of building relationships with individuals from other conflict communities during and after the event. As well, the study findings illuminate experiences of ongoing peacebuilding efforts among these individuals, underscoring the potential role theater can play in building local capacities and facilitating meaningful engagement of local people in peacebuilding processes. The findings not only add participants’ voices to the debate about the role of theater in peacebuilding in post-conflict settings but also inform us about the tool’s potential in facilitating sustained meaningful engagement of the local population, which is a key aspect in achieving lasting peace. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu).
Akandiinda, S. M. (2022). Theater and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Settings: Participants’ Experiences in the Morning Star Theater Program in South Sudan. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/760