Address: Vancouver, BC Canada


The Performing Arts and Restorative Justice


30 November and 1 December 2012
Simon Fraser University: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 

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The 2012 Canadian Cambridge Music Conference joins forces with faculty from Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts and School of Criminology. Its focus will be conflict transformation and restorative justice through the performing arts within contexts ranging from international peacekeeping to local prison life. This focus has attracted the participation of internationally acclaimed composers, dancers, musicians, choreographers, and experts in peacekeeping and justice. Taking place at Simon Fraser University's new downtown campus, the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, two evening concerts feature the premières of six new works of music commissioned especially for the conference. Five of these new works involve dance of which three are for eurythmy. Daytime events include five workshops exploring recent initiatives in the performing arts and restorative justice such as Music in Prisons UK. The combination of community involvement, research, performance, and collaboration of the Schools of Criminology and Contemporary Arts around the theme of justice is unique. The upcoming conference on Music and Transformation: The Performing Arts and Restorative Justice promises to break new ground in supporting those made vulnerable by conflict as well as by engaging the community in reframing the performance of justice.

Themes to be addressed in detail at the conference, which have also inspired new works of music are:

  1. Reclaiming the Value of Vulnerability
  2. Reclaiming Life After Genocide
  3. Reclaiming the Embodiment of Justice
  4. Reclaiming Voice: Along the Path Toward Healing Justice
  5. Reclaiming the Harmony of the Law

Cambridge Music Conference in collaboration with SFU's Centre for Restorative Justice and School of Contemporary Arts received generous support from SFU's Vice-President Academic Conference Fund.