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Participatory Arts and Social Action Research: Call for Papers

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 -
10:00 to 17:00
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

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.

Academics from a range of social science, humanities and arts disciplines including sociology, social policy and applied theatre will be brought together with 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.

The event arises from PASAR, a project looking at how participatory theatre and walking methods can be used for research, engagement and dissemination. Funded by ESRC and the National Centre for Research Methods, PASAR was led by CCIG's Umut Erel, (PI), Maggie O’Neill (CI; University of York), Tracey Reynolds (CI; University of Greenwich) and Erene Kaptani, Research Fellow and Theatre Practitioner (OU). The conference will report on key findings and showcase a performance from participants involved in the PASAR's participatory workshops.

Call for Papers
While the topic of migration and migrant families is key, contributions on related issues of engaging marginalised groups in research, arts and social action are welcome. Proposals are invited for papers, academic, artistic and practice-based workshops and panels from academics, practitioners and policymakers including, but not limited to, the following:

  • reflective accounts of research projects applying participatory, collaborative and creative methods
  • reflections on participatory, creative and collaborative research, engagement and dissemination 
  • methodological, epistemological and theoretical reflections on participatory, creative and collaborative methods, including feminist, decolonial, inclusive approaches
  • opportunities and challenges of co-production across academic, arts, practice sectors.

Please send your 300-word abstracts, panel or workshop proposals with a brief bio and your contact details to Erene Kaptani by 30 June.

A small number of bursaries are available for postgraduate and early career researchers and academics based in resource-poor countries. To apply, please email Umut Erel by 15 September.

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