Conference Program

What’s going on at Build Peace 2023? Find out about the core themes that will guide this year’s conference, taking place on December 1 – 3, 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Build Peace 2023: How technology and the arts influence identities relevant to peace & conflict

The conference theme is a reflection of the importance that identities play in conflict dynamics anywhere, and particularly in Kenya and the East African region. We will organize the conference into three sub-themes, representing each of these areas of innovation:

Digital peacebuilding: How conflict transformation practitioners use technologies to explore identities and shape interactions. This year will be our tenth edition, and we will pay special attention to sharing success and failure stories of this digital peacebuilding work over the past decade.

Conflict-sensitive technologies: How technology design can respond to an understanding of the impact technologies have on conflict, identity and how we interact with each other. We envisage this sub-theme as a conversation between technologists and conflict transformation practitioners.

Arts & personhood: How artists use their practices to explore identities and how those shape our interactions. We connect the rich field of peacebuilding & arts to the concerns and practices of digital peacebuilding, understanding that artistic practices are often the catalysts of profound conflict transformation.

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Explore the full list of workshops, presentations, and installations in the conference program here: