Environmental conflicts through the lens of artwork and multimedia in waterscape transformations (CLAMOR)


How do artistic and multimedia creations in water-related conflicts represent and support transformative or restorative initiatives? CLAMOR will answer this question by cataloguing and analyzing cultural artefacts used in environmental conflicts: films, plastic arts (including banners), music and songs, and associated multimedia. To narrow down the action without disregarding societal and gender significance, the project focuses on conflicts over wetlands and coal, both tightly connected with waterscape production.

This project aims to improve theory and methods for the analysis of water-related conflict by understanding the role played by cultural expressions, artistic creation and multimedia.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • To conduct empirical research on the use of artistic creations and multimedia in environmental conflicts at two levels: case studies of conflicts over wetlands and over coal in Colombia and in the United States; and the creation and exploitation of databases on arts and multimedia from environmental conflicts in selected countries, and related social media.
  • To build evidence-based theory on transformation and restoration through artistic creation and multimedia in environmental conflicts, under various conditions of violence.

CLAMOR a project engaged with communities who defend themselves from distributive injustices in burdens of pollution and access to resources. The project will innovatively use mixed methods, combining in-depth case studies with data intensive social science approaches.

The University of California, Berkeley is a partner in this project.


Project dates

 September 2019 – May 2022


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Research area


  • Artistic activism
  • environmentalism
  • gender and diversity
  • environmental conflicts

Team members

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