Diversity & Dissent

Here our projects explore the operations of inclusion and exclusion, of communities at or beyond the margins, as well as questions about cultures and communities of resistance and social justice.

(R)agency?: The Creative Practises of Anger

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Limon
From 2015 to 2016

(r)agency? The Creative Practices of Anger is a multi-disciplinary network, drawing together a team of early-career researchers, working in a number of different fields – both creative and critical – and a series of research activities and case studies that together form a research project on what the role and potentialities of anger might be in communities. Read more.

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network

Principal Investigator: Dr Gail McConnell, Queen's University Belfast
From 2015 to 2016

In the field of mental health research, voice-hearers feel the effects of academic language-use in their everyday lives through the hierarchical language of ‘others’ (e.g. ‘researcher’ and ‘researched’) and stigmatising labels. This project seeks to learn how to listen to ‘others’ and to counter oppressive structures of language-use by building a network of expertise in listening. It brings together voice-hearing networks, independent artists and academics to develop a suite of resources for creative listening practices. Read more.

Football and Connected Communities

Principal Investigator: Michael Skey
From 2015 to 2016

Focusing on young people aged between 14-18, the project has been designed to engage with three current debates around football in the UK. First, the rising cost of watching live football and the extent to which many groups primary engagement is now through media. Read more.

GEM (Grown, Edible, Meaningful)

Principal Investigator: Ann Light
From 2013 to 2014

The GEM project invited people to grow edible plants together to inspire reflection on environmental issues across cultures and faiths. Our team of researchers and community organisations wanted to know what different meanings growing food holds across different communities and to learn if this affects feelings towards the environment, ecological issues and other people. Read more.

Collective Worship in Schools: An Evaluation of Law and Policy in the United Kingdom

Principal Investigator: Dr Alison Mawhnney Bangor University
From 2014 to 2015

The majority of schools in the UK are required by law to organise acts of collective worship (England, Northern Ireland, Wales) or religious observance (Scotland) for their pupils. Read more.

Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to Disconnection, Division and Exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community

Principal Investigator: Dr Margaret Greenfields
From 2014 to 2015

This collaborative project, led by Bucks New University and undertaken in partnership with Liberal Judaism/Rainbow Jews; the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and the University of Portsmouth consists of an exploration of the interplay between faith identity and sexual orientation as mediating or disrupting factors for London and South-East England based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Read more.

Maintaining a faith community: the role of the law

Principal Investigator: Dr Ruth Gaffney-Rhys (University of Wales, Newport)
From 2012 to 2013

Legal rules may have a unifying or a divisive effect and dispute resolution mechanisms may dissipate problems and divisions or reinforce them. Furthermore, faith communities are sometimes confronted with incompatibility between their own religious laws and the secular legal system within which their community is required to operate. Read more.

Understanding the role of ICT use in connectivity of minority communities in Wales

Principal Investigator: Dr Panayiota Tsatsou (Swansea University)
2011

Researchers from three universities in Wales with specialisms in media, geography and policy research came together to conduct a systematic review of evidence in the interdisciplinary area of communication technologies, and connectivity of minority communities. Considering the Welsh context this work has aimed to enhance existing understanding of the role of new technologies in connectivity and inclusion of minority groups. Read more.

‘Connectors, not Communities, in Preventing and Responding to Violence and Disaffection; Marginalised Youth and Complexities of ‘Community’

Principal Investigator: Basia Spalek
From 2014 to 2015

A critical theme emerging from three scoping studies conducted as part of the Connected Communities programme is that, in relation to marginalised young people and their “connections and disconnections” with communities, key individuals [‘connectors’] working within and across multiple communities often play a significant role in mediating many of the critical issues facing their lives. Read more.

Philosophy and religious practices

Principal Investigator: Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)

This is a network organised by the University of Liverpool, Chesterand Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with local religious organisations, which aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant to other contemporary research on religion by making the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant Read more.