Authority, knowledge and performance in participatory practice


Principal Investigator: Claire Blencowe (University of Warwick)
Co-investigators: Dr Tom Wakeford (Coventry University)
Duration: 2012

Collaborators – Stepping Out Theatre Company; Mad Hatters of Bath; Authority Research Network

We used an initial literature survey and consultations with mental health performance groups to feed into a week-long residential workshop for eleven academics and community practitioners.
Our aim was to discuss how participatory practices empower minorities not by opposing authority but by creating new forms of authority and objectivity amongst silenced voices, truths and experiences. Workshop conversations were distilled into a freely available collection of short essays around three key ‘problems’ of participation.