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Mar 11

Arts-based Methodologies for Global Challenges Workshop

Friday, March 11, 2022 - 14:00 to 17:00

Virtual event, The Open University

This workshop invites contributions around new teaching and research methodologies which can aid expressive and reflective engagement with contemporary global challenges exacerbated by the climate crisis. CFP is open.

Previous Events

Enchanted Trees: A Colloquium with Dr Adam Stout

10th December 2021

Dr Adam Stout will talk about his latest book, Glastonbury Holy Thorn: Story of a Legend (2020), and engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue on ‘Enchanted Trees’ with Dr Jessica Hughes, Dr Marion Bowman, Dr Robert J. Wallis and Dr Maria Nita at The Open University.

Reflections on TOTEM LATAMAT’s journey to COP26

19th November 2021

Join a unique event to reflect on TOTEM LATAMAT’S journey from Mexico to COP26 as it is laid to rest at The Crichton in Dumfries, Scotland.

Eco-creativity 2021: Art, Music, Ritual and Global Climate Politics

19th November 2021

This 2021 Conference is hosted by the Religious Studies, Art History, Music and Politics Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 September 2021

Reception Studies and the History of the Book seminar (Oslo University 21-22 October 2021)

21st October 2021 to 22nd October 2021

The Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo, is hosting the 2nd international Seminar on Reception Studies and the History of Book: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 21-22 October 2022 and there will be Open University participation in the event.

Climate Change and Creativity: round table discussion

5th October 2021

Rajat Chaudhuri, author, activist, NGO adviser; Liese Coulter, Visiting Researcher, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds; Tanya Hawkes, author and environmentalist; James Miller, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at Kingston University; Stephen Peake, Professor of Climate Change and Energy, The Open University; Harriet Tarlo, Professor of Ecopoetry and Poetics, Sheffield Hallam University.

Academics and practising writers engaged with climate change and creativity in different ways will talk about their research and/or creative practice, and take part in a discussion on ways to communicate climate crisis messages to wider audiences using storytelling and narrative.

Imagination and the Natural World - writers, writing and perception

21st September 2021

This is 1st seminar of Contemporary Cultures of Writing Seminar Series Autumn 2021 - Climate change and creativity.

How do contemporary writers concerned about climate change begin to address this subject? Can imaginative writing create new ways of relating to the natural world? What is the role of metaphor, symbol or experimental strategies in this? And can writing help develop habits of attention which lead to fresh perceptions? This panel will ask whether climate writing itself is intrinsically an act of political dissent at the present moment.

Ritualised Departures: Is a Departure an Arrival somewhere else?

28th July 2021

Dr Maria Nita, alongside Dr Elaine Kasket and artist Yara El-Sherbini (Arrivals + Departures will talk about the growing use of social media platforms as memorial sites, with bereaved family and friends using the internet as a platform for grief and communication with the deceased.

Live Panel Session at IF: MK International Festival - Encountering Urban Wildlife

26th July 2021

This live virtual panel reflects on our relationships with wildlife in cities in response to Marco Barotti’s Woodpeckers that are installed in public spaces around Milton Keynes during the IF Festival 2021. The panel opens up conversation between environmentally engaged academics, educators, activists, birders, and the public.

Stephen Colclough Lecture, Bangor University

30th June 2021 all love to talk about a good book, but what about the books we hate, or refuse to read? How do we register negative responses to books? In this lecture, ‘Evaluating Negative responses to reading, in life and in fiction’, Dr Shafquat Towheed will be answering some of these questions. The lecture is free to attend.

Women leading Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Education and the Music Industries

4th June 2021

This online event will bring together a panel of four women leaders who have led Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within music education and/or the music industries, Alice Farnham, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Chi-chi Nwanoku, and Susan Wollenberg. In the afternoon, Gabriella Di Laccio will present her ground-breaking work leading gender equality in music through her work as founder and curator of Donne Women in Music. Classical guitarist, Eleanor Kelly, will conclude the event by presenting a short programme of music composed by women.

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