Global Challenges Research Fund and Collaborative Research:
A Connected Communities Symposium
Elizabeth Fry Building, The University of East Anglia
Tuesday 6th June 2017
10:00 – 16:00
Free event (registration required)
We are pleased to announce a special one-day symposium on Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) projects and activities, focused on areas of interest around collaborative research, including co-production, arts and humanities research, creative practice, and humanities-oriented development ideas and activity. The event brings together both UK- and internationally-based collaborative researchers, artists and community partners to discuss practice and potential in collaboration and development. It features work from numerous GCRF and international Connected Communities projects, and includes networking opportunities.
The symposium will be of relevance to Connected Communities researchers and community partners with international and development perspectives, as well as to university researchers in general who wish to find out more about the place of the arts and humanities within GCRF, or about practices and methods of collaboration and research partnership in international contexts.
We anticipate that the day will include activities such as a screening, reading, or performance, to showcase and interrogate arts practice as research. It will also address the great deal of interest from arts and humanities within Connected Communities in collaborative research in both international and development contexts.
Confirmed speakers (others to be added)
- Dr Churnjeet Mahn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Strathclyde. She is a co-investigator on the Connected Communities project Creative Interruptions: grassroots culture, state structures and disconnection as a space for ‘radical openness’. This examines how disenfranchised communities use the arts, media and creativity to challenge marginalisation in mainland UK, Northern Ireland, Palestine and India.
- Gurmeet Rai is a Conservation Architect and Director of the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative, a conservation consultancy firm. She is an International Community Partner on the Creative Interruptions project.
- Dr Mark Johnson is Reader in Anthropology at Goldsmiths. He is the PI on Curating Development: Filipino migrants’ investment in Philippine futures, under the AHRC GCRF innovation award. The project works with Filipino migrant care workers in Hong Kong and London to co-curate art events and exhibitions.
- Lenlen Mesina is Executive Director of Enrich HK, a leading Hong Kong charity promoting the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers. She is an International Community Partner on the Curating Development project.
- Nathalie Dagmang is project artist on the Curating Development project. She is based in the Philippines.
- Dr Tom Wakeford is Lead Practitioner, People’s Knowledge, Coventry University. He is the PI on Resources of Hope: Giving voice to underprivileged communities in India, an AHRC GCRF project, which aims to create counter-narratives to stereotypes of disadvantaged urban and rural Indian communities using multi-media materials and co-production methods to reorient global images and media representations.
- Graham Jeffery is Reader in Music and Performance at the University of the West of Scotland. He is co-investigator on the Resources of Hope project.
- Vinod Shetty is Honorary Director of Acorn Foundation (India), Mumbai, India. He is an International Community Partner of the Resources of Hope project.
- Prof Angie Hart (University of Brighton), plus South African activist and artist partner are talking about their GCRF project Patterns of Resilience Among Young People in a Community Affected by Drought: Historical and Contextual Perspectives.
- Lyndsey Stonebridge is Professor of Modern Literature and History at UEA, and co-I on the GCRF project Refugee Hosts: Local Community Experiences of Displacement from Syria—Views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
This is a free event, however spaces will be limited so we ask you please to register to attend via our Eventbrite page.
A limited number of bursaries are available for Early Career Researchers and community partners who have been involved in the Connected Communities programme. These will cover standard class travel to Norwich, and / or one night’s accommodation in Norwich. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Contact Jessica Knights, Connected Communities administrator, for more information:
+44 (0)1603 592452