After a long journey, I feel so grateful to share my first publication with you all.
Or here as a PDF: Hear and Be Heard: Learning With and Through Music as a Dialogical Space for Co-Creating Youth Led Conflict Transformation
Though there are many aspects about this article to celebrate, I also recognize it is discussing and seeking an ideal of what can be, of what potential through music, love, critical thinking, co-creation, empathy, and re-education, we all can make our small and large marks on our families, friends, communities, and of course, ourselves.
“It is easy to say that the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict looks bleak and uncertain. What is clear is the need to continue to (re)invent, (re)extend, (re)generate, and (re)revise our notions of reality, and surely we cannot do this alone. Israeli and Palestinian youth have the power to challenge the status quo of violence, separation, occupation, and inequality by pushing the boundaries in and between their communities to seek the unknown and the stranger hidden behind walls, checkpoints, and fear. It will be a long-term process, perhaps even a life project, but every day is a potential day for both Israeli and Palestinian youth to co-create change.
This notion of youth-led conflict transformation with and through musical spaces extends beyond the context of Israeli and Palestinian youth, and is indeed applicable and relevant to youth throughout the world seeking to hear and be heard in locations of conflict and systemic injustice. Dialogical musical spaces, filled with consonances and dissonances, love, harmonies, care, rhythms, humility, sound and solidarity, are liberatory places in which youth can imagine and proactively co-create locations of possibility.” (Gottesman, 2017, p. 29)
Ultimately, it is in the power of our words and actions to make these choices of who we are “becoming.”
Beyond the Dualities,
P.S. In addition, I plan on translating the article into Hebrew and Arabic as well within the coming months, so please stay tuned!