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Changing Farming Lives in South India, Past and Present

The project brings an original arts and humanities perspective to the crucial development challenges of food security, biodiversity, and climate adaptation faced by small and marginal farmers. Focussing on South India, it explores the potential of history, film, and sound, to document and support small farmer creativity in developing resilience to these livelihood challenges.

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Cultural History of Glasgow Research Network

This project will create an interactive network of scholars, without barrier to discipline or research experience, who use the Glasgow City Archives to research any aspect of the city’s cultural history, with a particular slant towards Music. The project is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh until December 2020. It is a collaborative project between The Open University in Scotland and Glasgow City Archives.

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Entrepreneurial Literary Research

This project engages with an emerging area of research: the commercial basis and economic impact of literature and literary scholarship, with contemporary markets in view. This project is funded by a Newton International Mobility Grant and a Santander Mobility Grant, and involves collaboration between colleagues in Brazil and Britain. It is based in The Open University, UK, and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil.

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Methods and Voice

The Do participatory visual methods give ‘voice’? project is an evaluative study of a participatory visual method, participatory mapping. The findings will add an important dimension to understandings of the sorts of claims that can accurately be made about participatory visual methods, such as participatory mapping. In particular, the findings will contribute to understandings of how researchers understand what ‘giving voice’ means and how they understand participatory visual methods to ‘give voice’; to what extent people who are involved in participatory mapping consider the participatory maps to give them ‘voice’; and the extent to which ‘audiences’ understand the ‘voices’ of those involved in participatory mapping.

Participation Arts and Social Action in Research - PASAR

This research project addresses the UK social science community's need to gain a better understanding of how participatory action research approaches engage marginalised groups in research as co-producers of knowledge. Funded by the National Centre for Research Methods/ Economic and Social Research Council, it combines walking methods and participatory theatre to create a space for exploring, sharing and documenting processes of belonging and place-making that are crucial to understanding and enacting citizenship. Participatory Action Research, based on the principles of inclusion, valuing all voices and action-oriented interventions allows for engaging marginalized groups into research as a citizenship practice.

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