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New Perspectives in Participatory Arts conference, UEA, 22-23 May

I’m pleased to be organising this conference with Dr Lucy Wright, Senior Research Associate on my current AHRC Connected Communities project on DIY Culture and Participatory Arts, and the Connected Communities team here at the University of East Anglia, Rachel Daniel and Jess Knights. Here is the call for papers. 

This FREE conference, organised by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, seeks to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by and emerging from funded research projects across Connected Communities as well as more widely in the fields of community and participatory arts. One of the progamme’s eight strategic focuses has been around participatory arts—this is an opportunity for those involved to share their work and thoughts with other project teams and communities.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to be welcoming:

  • Professor Helen Nicholson, Royal Holloway, University of London, co-author of The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre and co-ed. Critical Perspectives on Applied Theatre, Principal Investigator on AHRC CC project Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Place
  • Steve Pool, Sheffield-based visual artist, community artist, researcher, as well as AHRC CC project Co-Investigator, and Artist in Residence on Imagine project.

We welcome contributions from community professionals, arts practitioners and academic researchers alike (recognising that these categories may be productively fluid), both from those who have been involved in Connected Communities projects and others with relevant expertise or interest. Themes for discussion include but are not limited to:

  • Moving beyond ‘with not for’: changing ideas about collaboration between diverse individuals, groups and organisations
  • The role of creative practice within participatory and community arts
  • Creative work in the community: education and pedagogy, training, careers, precarity
  • Terms: ‘participation’ / ’community’ / ’social’ / ’everyday’
  • Continued usefulness or otherwise of key paradigms: product/process, cultural value and quality
  • New(-er) approaches to and opportunities for widening access from participatory arts—digital disabilities, internationalisation of practice, working with refugee/migrant groups, links with development agendas/Global South
  • New historical and critical studies of the community arts movement
  • New thinking in theoretical approach
  • Shifting policy / funding landscapes: cultural and community policy questions
  • Art / health / well-being.

Proposals of 250-300 words are invited for presentations / interventions of 20 minutes, panel discussions, creative contributions. These should be sent as a Word attachment to: cc.admin@uea.ac.uk and include the following: title, presenter(s), affiliation(s), short biography (100 words), Connected Communities project(s) where relevant, email address for contact.

The deadline for submissions is: 1st March 2018 (we may be extending this a little because of UCU strike action in the two weeks preceding the deadline)

Further information

The conference is free although registration is essential. Registration will open 5th March 2018 at https://connected-communities.org/

The conference will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of May at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. There will be a free evening event and meal provided for conference delegates at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the 22nd of May.

We can provide conference speakers with accommodation for one to two nights. Please state on your application the dates that you require accommodation. Reasonable travel expenses can also be claimed from the Connected Communities programme.

A limited number of bursaries are available to support UK-based community partner and ECR/PhD attendance. If you would like to apply for a bursary please contact cc.admin@uea.ac.uk for further details. Deadline for bursary applications is 16th March. Please also indicate the nights that you will require accommodation.

For further information contact cc.admin@uea.ac.uk.

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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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