Exclusion, Marginalisation and Othering: How Can the Arts Respond?

17 October 2019, 09:00 - 17:30

St John's College

British Academy Workshop for Early Career Researchers.

Abstracts for short papers are invited for an interdisciplinary, one-day Early Career Researcher workshop, focussing on the question: ‘Exclusion, marginalisation, and othering: how can the arts respond?’ 

Informed discussion of the social role of the arts and humanities is significant and urgent in societies experiencing mass migration and a stark increase in divisive nationalism and right-wing populism. This workshop explores ways in which the arts can respond to social divisions and engage non-academic audiences in pressing social issues. The workshop will bring Early Career Researchers together with more senior academics, educational practitioners, and representatives of charitable organisations concerned with refugees and prisoners – groups experiencing radical transitions and marginalisation. 

Keynote speakers include: 

-      Dr Ruth Armstrong, University of Cambridge, Co-director of Learning Together: Education as the Practice of Freedom;

-      Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Humanities and Human Rights, University of Birmingham

Papers are invited from Early Career Researchers in any discipline and may explore aspects of academic research relating to questions of ‘exclusion, marginalisation, and othering’ or proposals for public engagement initiatives. 

Possible topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: 

-      Artistic practices and creative expression

-      Possibilities for public engagement 

-      The social function of academic research 

-      Attitudes and integration 

-      The role of social media

-      Meanings of space – contrasting experiences of migration and imprisonment 

-      The significance of language

There will be a follow-up workshop in the spring 2020 to give feedback on ideas, which will also include discussions with creative practitioners, including writers and artists. 

This event is supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award and by CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities). 

Deadline for abstracts: 20thSeptember 2019

Abstracts and any questions, please send to Dr Erica Wickerson.