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Job Opportunity! 12-month Senior Research Associate, UEA, Participatory Arts/DIY

We are currently advertising for a 12-month Senior Research Associate, to work with me exploring aspects of participatory arts and DIY Culture, why might include punk rock. It’s a great opportunity to do some in-depth new work in the field. Information here. Deadline for applications 13 March. From the further particulars:

The post

The Arts and Humanities Research Council-led Connected Communities Programme is focused on collaborative research, with particular interest in projects co-produced with community partners. It has to date funded well over 300 projects, working with over 500 community partners. Its two Leadership Fellows provide academic direction for the programme as a whole. The Participatory Arts and DIY Culture project is funded under the Connected Communities Programme, and led by one of the Leadership Fellows, Professor George McKay.

The project

Participatory Arts and DIY Culture is a 12-month project funded under the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the UEA. The Senior Research Associate will work closely with Professor McKay and relevant Connected Communities projects to explore a series of questions around participatory arts, community practice and/or DIY (Do It Yourself) culture, and to produce a series of outputs (review, academic outputs, relevant events) in liaison with him, partners, and the Connected Communities administrative team at UEA.

Professor McKay was the editor of one of the earliest books on the subject, DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain (Verso, 1998), and is also involved in some of the current 40th anniversary events marking punk rock since 1976- 77. He has also written about community music, including with Pete Moser, eds., Community Music: A Handbook (Russell House, 2005).

The project research questions include (to be refined and re-shaped in discussion with the successful postholder):

  1. What kinds of new thinking and practice are there in participatory and community arts?
  2. In what ways has (ideological) thinking about DIY, and its use in academic disciplines, shifted?
  3. How can we chart the impact and resilience of grassroots / DIY groups?
  4. What forms of organisation and structure do grassroots/DIY groups practice?
  5. Which cultural forms have been central to DIY practice?



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Digital Folk symposium, University of Sheffield, 27 November

working with Community Music East, 1986

working with Community Music East, 1986

I am very pleased to be speaking at this (free) event in Sheffield, the first in a series of research events from Digital Folk – a two-year AHRC-funded research project that examines the ways in which folk arts participants use digital resources.

Marking the mid-way point of this AHRC-funded project, this symposium will explore how digital media and technologies have affected the ways in which people experience and engage with participatory arts.

The symposium is designed to complement ongoing investigations of the folk arts – the central focus of the Digital Folk project – by drawing on the wider context of grass-roots participation across the artistic landscape.

Delegates will be invited to question the ways in which – and the extent to which – the establishment of the digital era has transformed and/or conserved vernacular creative practices across forms such as music, dance and theatre. Here is the programme for the day:

10:00 – 10:30

Registration & Coffee

10:30 – 11:00

Introduction: Simon Keegan Phipps

11:00 – 11:45

Speaker: Sita Popat – Virtually Touching: Embodied engagement in virtual and mixed reality art installations

11:45 – 12:30

Speaker: Kerrie Schaefer – Community Performance and Asymmetries of Digital Access and Creative Production

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:15

Speaker: Henry Stobart – Digital access, agency and creativity – or just amateurism? Indigenous music video (VCD) production in highland Bolivia

2:15 – 3:00

Speaker: David Gauntlett – Digital folk cultures that are not digital *folk* cultures

3:00 – 3:30


3:30 – 4:15

Speaker: George McKay – Connected Communities, community music and the congregationist imperative

4:15 – 5:00

Discussant: Nicola Dibben

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