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Common Cause Workshop, Glasgow

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How do academics talk to Black and minority-ethnic (BME) artists? How can BME-led arts, cultural and heritage organisations make more mutually productive collaborations with Universities?

There is a `common cause’ to be forged between Arts and Humanities academics seeking to pluralise and deepen their accounts of the world and their collaborations with BME artists, organisations and communities. Common Cause is a programme which seeks to map, understand and improve these collaborations. What makes such projects and working relationships work well or fail? What are the benefits and challenges to both parties? And what would enable more BME artists and BME-led organisations to access the rich research and development resources of their local, regional and national Universities?

As part of the Common Cause research team, the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ Theme is offering a one-day workshop which seeks to lead a discussion on how to make such collaborations more co-productive. This all-day event will provide an open space to talk through experiences, concerns, risks and aspirations, as well as articulating the rich potential of such collaborations.

The Common Cause Research team is led by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, based at the University of Bristol. Our other Common Cause partners are the Runnymede Trust, Xtend (UK) Ltd, University of Nottingham’s Centre for Research in Race & Rights, Arts Council England and other community partners such as Voice4Change and Takethespace.

This session will be facilitated by David Bryan from Xtend (UK) Ltd and Prof Charles Forsdick, AHRC Theme Fellow for Translating Cultures, based at the University of Liverpool.

PARTICIPANTS

This is an open call for participants, but you are especially encouraged to attend if you are a BME artist, writer, or scholar, if you have, or attempted to, lead or set up any arts or community-based projects, have sought or experienced a collaborative project with a University or other academic institution or work in Further/Higher Education, perhaps having had contact with local arts and community-based individuals and organisations.

BURSARIES FOR PARTICIPATION

Translating Cultures is able to offer a small number of bursaries for participation, to be used as the participant sees fit, whether for travel, subsistence or recompense for time away from usual working activity. These will be awarded on a first-come-first service basis. If you would like further information about the bursaries, please email H.Payne@liverpool.ac.uk.

FUTHER INFORMATION:

Email: H.Payne@liverpool.ac.uk

Website: www.commoncauseresearch.com

BIOGRAPHIES

DAVID BRYAN is a management consultant and the Director of Xtend (UK) Ltd with over twenty-five years’ experience of organisational development, management development and equality training in the voluntary and public sector. In addition, he has a long history of working in the arts, for instance, training Arts Council staff to implement change in relation to equality and diversity. He is currently a member of the National Council for Arts Council (England) and Chair of Working With Men.

PROF CHARLES FORSDICK is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool, and AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’. He has published widely on travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial literature and the cultures of slavery. He is also a specialist on Haiti and the Haitian Revolution, and has written widely about representations of Toussaint Louverture. Charles Forsdick was Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, 2010-13, and currently co-ordinates, with Paul Gilroy and George McKay, the Reggae Research Network.

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