Frances Richens (ArtsProfessional) - Attitudes towards diversity in the arts
Frances Richens will be presenting ArtsProfessional's research into workforce diversity in the arts and the findings of its 'Pulse survey' about attitudes towards diversity. The survey, which was completed by over 500 UK-based respondents in summer 2016, asked those working in the arts about the barriers to increasing diversity in the sector's workforce, as well as its artistic work and audiences, and how these might be broken down. It revealed a strong desire to improve diversity, but little consensus about why a lack of diversity has originated or what the best way forward might be.
Prof. Rajinder Dudrah (Birmingham City University) - The Creative Multilingualism Consortia Project: Notes on Getting Started on a Major Research bid
Prof. Dudrah will discuss the process of developing the bid for the Creative Multilingualism project (http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/) which explores the interconnection between linguistic diversity and creativity. He will introduce the project, the Strand he will lead, as well as outline the process of putting together a large multi-million pound consortia bid, involving more than a few Universities and more than several non-HEI partners. How does a researcher/scholar get involved in one of these bids in the first place? What does the process involve? If and when you are successful, as this bid was, how do the project team get started and what are some of the challenges and opportunities that a resarch bid of this nature poses? These questions and others will be explored and answered during the talk, with questions and comments from the audience welcome as always.
About the speakers:
Frances Richens is the Deputy Editor of ArtsProfessional, the online magazine for those with a professional interest in the arts sector.
Prof. Rajinder Dudrah is Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries in the School of Media, Faculty of Arts, Design and Media. His research and teaching interests span across film, media and cultural studies with specialims in popular Indian cinema, Black British and British Asian representations, diasporic popular music, and transnational TV studies. He has authored and co-edited nine books and has published widely in international refereed journals.