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Durham University

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This workshop aims to explore some of the ethical and practical issues in participatory research using visual methods, particularly with refugees and other groups whose voices are seldom heard. It is a joint venture between the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, Durham University.

Our first keynote speaker is Dr Caroline Lenette (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia), who is particularly concerned with the ethics of using visual methods to document refugee and asylum seeker narratives through community-based participatory research and practice. We will then hear about the practical and ethical navigation of an arts/research partnership in a project on belonging among resettled Syrian young people in Gateshead, UK with Caitlin Nunn (Durham University), Vikas Kumar (Gem Arts), a representative from the Gateshead resettlement team, Isabel Finch (Independent artist) and representatives from Syrian youth participants. In the afternoon there will be a choice of workshops, offering the opportunity to hear about, try and evaluate a variety of participatory visual methods and approaches (e.g. photography, film, performance).

The event is free, but booking is essential. Lunch included. Please book early as places are limited to 50.

Outline programme

11.00 Coffee, registration

11.15 Welcome and Introduction, Sarah Banks and Andrew Russell (Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University)

11.30 Compliance check or reflexive practice? Ethical issues and visual methods, Caroline Lenette (University of New South Wales)

12.00 Discussion

12.15 Dispersed belongings: Reflections on a participatory arts research partnership, Caitlin Nunn (Durham University), Vikas Kumar (Gem Arts), a representative from the Gateshead resettlement team, Isabel Finch (Independent artist), and representatives from Syrian youth participants

12.45 Discussion

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Choice of Workshops, Round 1

14.45 Choice of Workshops, Round 2

15.30 Plenary panel – overview of practical and ethical issues and ways forward

16.00 Close

Workshops

  1. Performing family stories: body, memories and identities – Facilitators, Sui Ting Kong and Lena Opfermann (Durham University). Participants will engage in a journey of writing and reading/performing their family stories, with the aim of exploring how performance can draw out body, memories and identities for articulation and reflection. Through this process, we are able to deepen an understanding of ourselves in making sense of our family lives and those of others.

  2. Digital story telling with refugee women – Facilitator, Caroline Lenette (UNSW Sydney). Digital storytelling is increasingly used in health and wellbeing research, allowing participants to experience a greater sense of agency as co-constructors of knowledge by narrating and recording their stories according to what they feel is important. This workshop will present some examples of how narratives can emerge in collaboration with research participants to create a digital story.

  3. The walking interview biographical method (WIBM) - Facilitator, Maggie O’Neill (University of York). Through walks we can get in touch with ‘storied’ lives in sensory and corporeal ways that foster ‘understanding’ and critical reflection. The workshop will present examples of WIBM with women refugees and asylum seekers in Teesside (www.walkingborders.com & www.ncrm.ac.uk/research/PASAR/) Participants will visualise, map and discuss a walk they would like to take and the ethical risks and challenges involved.

  4. Participatory video with young migrants and refugees – Facilitator, Nelli Stavropoulou (Durham University). Drawing on reflections from a participatory community filmmaking project in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this workshop will provide an overview of the transformative possibilities of participatory video while inviting participants to produce their own visual stories using mobile technology. We will also address opportunities and challenges around ownership, privacy, and creative agency.

  5. ‘Where do you get your support from?': A participatory drawing workshop – Facilitator, Helen Smith (Artist, North Shields). Based on recent collaborative research with Launchpad North Tyneside, a mental health peer support organisation, the workshop will discuss issues arising from the hopes of participants for the final artwork – e.g. 'Make people aware of the lack of support', 'Demonstrate that people are having to support themselves' and 'That it is listened to.' We will also undertake some drawing.

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