Day One: Friday 10 November 2017

09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 11:00

Conference Welcome




Sanjoy Ganguly Theatre of the Oppressed

'Theatre as a social metaphor' Calcutta, India

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Break

11:20 – 13:10

Plenary: Participatory Arts and Social Action Research (PASAR) - Presentation and Performance 

Umut Erel & Erene Kaptani Open University

Tracey Reynolds University of Greenwich

Maggie O'Neill University of York

13:10 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Parallel Sessions


Session One: Creative Methods and Migration

Elena Vacchelli, University of Greenwich

Letting stories breathe: reflections on a digital storytelling workshop in Little Portugal, Stockwell, London

Julie Ham, University of Hong Kong and Vivian Wenli Lin, Voices of Women (VOW) Media

Introspective narratives and social action: Participatory videos from Hong Kong's domestic workers, asylum-seekers and ethnic minorities

Jasber Singh and Sarita Malik, Coventry University

A reflection on 'Where do I belong?' a theatre-as-research project devised by migrants and refugees.


Session Two: Co-production/Positionality

Nicole Brown UCL Institute of Education and University of Kent

Challenges of using participatory and creative research methods

Vipavinee Artpradid, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University

Finding a way into positionality as a non-disabled researcher conducting research into perceptions of dance, theatre, and disability

Xia Lin and Natasha Munoz, Toynbee Hall

Empowerment and data quality in a co-production research

Emma Brodzinski and Tony Evans, Royal Holloway University of London

Investigating Professionalism through performance


Session Three: Methods/Policy/Organisation

Mazia Yassim, University of Greenwich

Can Community Cohesion Help Deal with Radicalisation? Using Music and Poetry to Build Bridges

Janet C. Bowstead Royal Holloway, University of London

Safe spaces for participatory work in women's refuges paper

Connie Yim Ming Kwong,Durham University

Participation and Collaboration in International Volunteering: A Reflection from Research in Cambodia

Fergus McNeill and Alison Urie, University of Glasgow and Vox Liminis

Distant Voices: Coming Home 

15:30 – 16:00

Afternoon Break

16:00 – 17:30

Parallel Sessions


Session Four: Research as Practice

Anna Pettican Dr Simone Coetzee & Dr Wendy Bryant University of Essex

Football and food-growing: researching with community projects to explore marginalisation

Rodrigo Dal Borgo, University of Deusto

Storytelling and forward looking perspectives to elicit ethical consciousness in organizations

Niamh Moore, University of Edinburgh

(Re)Creating value through participatory research

Louise Owusu-Kwarteng, University of Greenwich

Whoever holds the scissors holds the power - An auto-ethnographical reflections of my experience in black hair salons 


Panel I:  Performative Interventions in Migration

Kirsten Forkert, Birmingham City University

Speaking Back: Using Performance Strategies to Move Beyond Victim Testimony in Refugee Narratives. Panel


Session Five: Methods and Youth

Dr Maggie Inchley, Queen Mary University of London

The Verbatim Formula: Making Places in Higher Education

 Zahra Hussain, Durham University

Bacha Bulletins; creative communications with dis-enfranchised youth in Lahore, Pakistan

Sophie-Louise Hyde,Loughborough University

'United We Stand': Deploying 'Digital Poetic Mimesis' as Creative Practice to (Re)present Expressions of Identity and Ideas of Imagined Community during the 2011 Riots in Birmingham

Isi Agboaye

An African folktale performance

Day Two: Saturday 11 November 2017

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 - 10:00


Michelle Fine

Just Research in Contentious Times: Documenting and Performing Structural Violence and Radical Possibilities

10:00 – 11:30

Parallel Sessions

Workshop I

Licia Cianetti, Royal Holloway, University of London

David Bates, Canterbury Christ Church University

Kelly Green live artist, Anglia Ruskin University

Miranda Ballin, ArtWorks, Valley Kids

Anne Culverhouse Evans, artist in residence, Valleys Kids

We Need to Talk about Class: Participatory Art, Inclusion and Power

Panel II

Spela Drnovsek Zorko, University of Warwick (Chair)

Nela Milic, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

Deborah Weinreb, +D

Marcus Willcocks, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Artistic interventions in contested sites

11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 – 13:15

Parallel Sessions


Session Six: Methods and Migration

Joy Ogbemudia, University of York

Feminist approaches to research: Interviewing immigrant Nigerian women in the UK

Paul V. Dudman, University of East London

Salvaging memories and (Re-)connecting with Communities on Tate Lives as a Participatory Oral History Project in North Woolwich and Silvertown

Rose Sinclair, Goldsmiths University

Just One Box: Unravelling hidden voices, exploring heritage and copyright in textile design, through the archive

Chikukuango Cuxima-Zwa, Brunel University

Migration Narratives on Belonging: Symbolic Rituals and Performances


Session Seven: Visual Methods

Grady Walker, University of Reading

Presentation of short films:  A window to insiders knowledge

Paul Cooke, University of Leeds

Troubling the National Brand and Voicing Hidden Histories: Using Community filmmaking for advocacy and international development.

Catherine Donaldson, University of Brighton and University of Sussex

This Film is Not Ethnography: vulnerable groups, drama and a 'lure' for feeling.

Carmen C. Draghici, University Paris 13-Sorbonne Paris Cité

Understanding young children of migrants' perspectives in preschool by using creative methods


Session Eight: Crossing Boundaries

Alena Pfoser and Sara de Jong, Loughborough University & Open University

How To Be Together? The Challenges of Artist-Academic Collaborations

Gill Martin, Middlesex University (Workshop II)

Borders and Boundaries. Theorising Practice Workshop

13:15 – 14:00


14:00 - 15:00


Deirdre Heddon

15:00 – 16:30

Parallel Sessions


Session Nine: Methods and Human Rights

Claire Deschner, University of Leicester

Performance vs. performed performance hierarchies - theatre play as method to imagine alternative forms of radical  democratic organising

Lidis Garbovan, Canterbury Christ Church University

Politicizing Migrant Identities in India: Between Impermanence and Exile

Karen Salt, University of Nottingham

Reparative Trust and Collective Activism Within Geographies of Democracy

Michelle Darmody, National College of Art and Design Dublin

Our Table: Using tables to break walls 


Session Ten: Collaborative Research

Bella Wheeler, University of Sussex

Making meaning: resisting stigma through participatory art

Valeria Graziano, Middlesex University, Art & Design Research Institute

Back at you: when constituencies set the conditions

Catrin Evans, The University of Glasgow

Drawing a new self-portrait: the space for artistic practice within discourses of integration

Ali Eisa & Lucy Keany, Autograph ABP

Reflections on Canvas(s): A Creative Enquiry into Rights- Focused Approaches to Arts Access Issues


Workshop III

Alessandra Cianetti, performingborders 

A Short Table on Live Art – Crossings - Europe

16:30 - 16:45

Afternoon Break

16:45 – 18:30

Performance II

Playback Performance


Conference Closes