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Creative Heritage and Imagined Futures (CHIF): Young People, Past Conflicts and a Shared Future for Uganda.

CHIF produced a creative, iterative mobile exhibition that opened up convivial spaces where young people could reflect on, interpret and share ideas of the past and hopes and plans for the future.

Young people are often marginalized from forums where decisions about memorialization and commemoration are decided. In Uganda, where there have been significant past conflicts that have profoundly shaped social relations and power dynamics in the country, this generation of young people are the first to grow up in a more peaceful society. However, they still face the enduring legacies of the conflicts in their everyday lives. In this project, the young people were offered the chance to develop a touring exhibition that would visit four areas of Uganda and develop a conversation between different young people experiencing and living in different places, situations and presents. We invited them to think creatively about the sort of future they would like for Uganda, and the pathways required to get there.

CHIF worked to open up spaces and convivial encounters where young people (aged 14-16) in Uganda to critically engage with their past, particularly in relation to conflict, reflect on its legacies in their everyday lives, and identify ways in which a more positive, peaceful future can be shared. This will be achieved by conducting an interdisciplinary co-produced project, organised around the use and development of a multimodal, mobile heritage exhibition, that will empower young people to contest and disrupt narratives of conflict that are dominated by the voices of adults and elites.

Young people will be provided with a high-profile platform to identify how legacies of conflict can be resolved and how a more socially just future can be built. Youth led events, displays and the touring exhibition will ensure that the project, and the young people involved in it, will have significant and enduring national and international impact.

We invite you to learn more about our project through the two open access articles and policy report linked below:

Meet the team:

United Kingdom

Dr Kate Moles

Reader in Sociology

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Francis Nono

Field Office Coordinator- Gulu and Kitgum (NMPDC)

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United Kingdom

Prof Catriona Pennell

Professor of Modern History and Memory Studies

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