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International Conference: Connecting Communities

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00 to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 17:00
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

The Open University in collaboration with The University of Greenwich and The University of York are pleased to host an international multidisciplinary conference looking at how participatory and creative research methods create a space for exploring, sharing and documenting processes of belonging and place-making that is crucial to understanding migration, citizenship and belonging. 

A two-day event arising from the Participatory Arts and Social Action Research (PASAR), a two-year research project, will bring together academics from a range of social science, humanities and arts disciplines including sociology, social policy and applied theatre, alongside policymakers, artists and practitioners (including in migration, families, arts and performance) to exchange knowledge on related fields of research and the use of participatory arts methodologies to explore broader sociological and policy issues. 

While the topic of migration and migrant families is key to this research project, there will also be contributions on related issues of engaging marginalized groups in research, arts and social action. The conference will include a blend of keynote talks, artistic and practice based workshops and panels from academics, practitioners and policymakers.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York (CUNY), U.S.

Deidre Heddon, Professor, University of Glasgow

Sanjoy Ganguly, Centre of Theatre of the Oppressed and International Research and Resource Institute, India

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