Jennifer Verson


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PhD Project

Performing Peace is an inter-disciplinary research project that investigates the use of performance and performing arts to bring Scriptural Reasoning (SR) into the public square.  Applied performance blends the fields of performance studies, theatre, and applied theatre to embrace a wide range of contemporary performance practices, critical tools, and post-modern discourses. SR is a form of inter-religious encounter that is based on sharing and discussing sacred texts, developed over 20 years ago and there is a large body of literature regarding the practice and efficacy.  While SR began on the university campus and was practiced by academics from religious studies, philosophy, and theology, there is now a larger international community of participants and practitioners who are interested in expanding its reach and exploring the intersections of the practice with the broader peacebuilding field. 

    In applying performance to scriptural reasoning this project will generate new knowledge regarding inter-religious peacebuilding and violence prevention in the UK and Europe.