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

Taking Yourselves Seriously

Principal Investigator: Kate Pahl
From 2015 to 2018

  Taking Yourself Seriously is a year long project that aims to create a set of co-produced resources that are connected with arts methodologies with a particular focus on research in the voluntary and community sector. Read more

Song Lines to Impact and Legacy: Creating Living Knowledge through Working with Social Haunting

Principal Investigator: Geoff Bright
From 2015 to 2017

This project developed from the previous AHRC Connected Communities ECR Development Project, ‘Working with Social Haunting’ and the AHRC 2016 Festival project ‘Opening the ‘Unclosed Space’: Multiplying Ghost Labs as Intergenerational Utopian Practice’. 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

Philosophy of Religion and Religious Communities: Defining Beliefs and Symbols

Principal Investigator: Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)
2012

The project consists in a review of the contributions philosophy of religion can make to debates surrounding religious discrimination. The question ‘when is it acceptable to prohibit the use of religious symbols?’ has become an extremely pertinent one for communities of all faiths in the UK. Read more

Connected lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities? A scoping study to explore understandings and experiences of ‘community’ among LGBT people

Principal Investigator: Eleanor Formby
2012

This study examined understandings and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, and assessed implications for health and wellbeing. It was based on a review of existing literature, an online survey (627 respondents), and in-depth interviews and discussion groups with (44) LGBT people. Read more