Seminar Three

SEMINAR THREE: Creative Arts: Methods and practices for engaging with social inequalities

Helen Lomax


DATE: Friday 22 October 2010

VENUE: Library Meeting Rooms, The Open University, Milton Keynes This seminar will explore the possibilities of the creative arts for inequalities research. This will include a consideration of the ways in which social scientists are increasingly embracing these media as a means of making visible social disadvantage and division. The first part of the seminar will explore what such relationships and synergies – and the data they generate - bring to the field of inequalities research. This will be followed by three parallel workshops in which there will be opportunities to engage with different methodological and analytical approaches to work in this area.





9.45 – 10.15 Registration & refreshments

10.15 – 10.30 Welcome & introduction

 Dr Janet Fink, Dr Helen Lomax, Professor Gillian Rose and Lisa Whiting

10.30 –12.45 Collaborations: experiences and outcomes

 Chair: Professor John Oates

 ‘Interdisciplinary challenges: understanding data and the interpretive act’

 Professor Isabel Dyck, Queen Mary University of London

 Dr Marta Rabikowska, University of East London

 Matthew Hawkins, Independent film-maker

 Dr Iliana Ortega-Alcazar, Queen Mary University of London

 ‘City Portraits’

 Dr Paul Sweetman, University of Southampton

 Laura Hensser, Photographer

12.45 – 13.45  Lunch

13.45 – 15.30  Parallel sessions:

 Workshop 1: Rap, poetry and drama in research with socially excluded young people

 Chair: Professor John Clarke

 ‘Rhythm and poetry: engaging marginalised young people in participatory research’

 Dr Val Gillies, Southbank University

 ‘Creative encounters: drama as a method for exploring challenging student behaviour’

 Dr Yvonne Robinson, Southbank University

 Workshop 2: Photography and mapping in researching children’s well-being and experience of social disadvantage

 Chair: Dr Virginia Morrow

 'Children's drawings from a sociological perspective'

 Dr Olga den Besten, Independent Researcher

 ‘Listening to children: Making their voices visible in research, policy and practice’

 Lisa Whiting, University of Hertfordshire

 Workshop 3: Storyboards and collage in research with mothers & daughters

 Chair: Rachel Scicluna

 'The relevance of visual media in influencing social change'

 Dr Geraldine Brady & Dr Geraldine Brown, Coventry University

 ‘Telling tales? Employing stories and pictures to facilitate an understanding of the everyday lives of marginalised women’

 Dawn Mannay, Cardiff University

15.30 – 16.00 Refreshments

16.00 – 16.45 Feedback, discussion and questions



The seminar will be held The Library Seminar Rooms, The Open University. Directions and other useful information can be found here:

The Library Seminar Rooms are located on the second floor of the library which, is marked on the campus map . It can be found on St Michael's Drive on the left just past the main entrance and security lodge (off the University roundabout on Brickhill Street/ V10).

The Informal drinks and exhibition will be held at the Berrill Foyer and Cafe located at the main entrance of the Open University (see 'Berrill Building' on campus map).

Contact For further information contact: Dr. Helen Lomax This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it