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Arts-based Methodologies for Global Challenges Workshop

Responding to the Climate Emergency

Date: Friday, June 10th, 13:00 to 16:00 GMT
Location: Online, The Open University
Conference Convenors: Dr Maria Nita and Dr Yoseph Araya, The Open University
Conference Team: Dr Umut Erel, Dr Agnes Czajka, Dr Matt Staples and Aileen Hegarty

Event Programme

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Keynote Speaker: Professor George Revill, The Open University

This workshop investigates new teaching and research methodologies which can aid expressive and reflective engagement with contemporary global challenges exacerbated by the climate crisis. We explore new, culturally relevant, arts-based methodologies that have the potential to provide safe spaces for reflection and deep engagement with a range of global challenges, with a focus on the climate crisis, such as environmental migration and racial justice, food security and health, sustainable development and conservation.

Contributors will showcase a range of arts-based methodologies used in teaching and research engagement activities, as well as theoretical models based on participatory art, storytelling, digital approaches, in both face to face and virtual environments.

Our workshop enquires into the utility and applicability of arts-based methodologies as both novel pedagogies in Higher Education and research methodologies of public engagement. The workshop will explore ways in which such arts-based methodologies could spearhead change beyond the HE sector.

The event will also showcase Open University students’ entries for Global Challenges: Hope and Local Action arts competition.

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