Archive for March 10, 2016

National Gathering of the AHRC COMMONS – University of York: 21st JUNE 2016

On Midsummer’s Eve, hundreds of members of the AHRC Commons will gather at the first ever event of its kind:

Common Ground: the first national gathering of the AHRC Commons

21st June 2016, 10am-6pm, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York

Individuals or groups at any career stage, from any sector or discipline are warmly invited to submit applications to participate in this event.

The AHRC Commons community includes anybody engaged in arts and humanities projects, ranging across: universities, the creative economy, the cultural, health, and third sectors, micro businesses, SMEs, corporations, community groups, and beyond.

You are invited to join fellow members of this diverse community in creating a new and collective culture at Common Ground. There is no membership fee; the AHRC Commons is an inclusive community that shares common interests.

This represents a particularly exciting opportunity for early career researchers and postgraduate students to get involved. Anyone interested in talking, demonstrating, performing, presenting, hacking, making or any other form of activity which expresses their research is warmly invited to respond to the call for expressions of interest by 4pm on 29 March.


Costs of presenters in attending the event will be covered:


Connected Communities ECR Conference UEA

There is still time to register for the Changing the Future Research Landscape!

A Connected Communities Conference for Early Career Researchers taking place at the University of East Anglia’s Julian Study Centre on 23 March from 9am – 5:30 pm.


Please see below for further details and a full programme of conference events.



Please register here. Deadline for registration is the 18th of March.

Registration is free (including meals, refreshments, conference events), though please note that numbers are limited.


Conference Programme

9:00-9:30 Registration, coffee


9:30-9:45 Welcome and Introduction

JSC 1.01 Professor George McKay, University of East Anglia/AHRC

Leadership Fellow for Connected Communities Programme


9:45-10:30 Keynote Address

JSC 1.01 Connected researchers: The Early Career Researcher’s experience of the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme and the future of the university

Dr Dave O’Brien, Goldsmiths University of London


10.30-11:45 Session 1: Disruptive hearing and seeing

JSC 1.01 “Towards acting differently together”? Social haunting and film as an aspect of critique as enactment

Dr Geoff Bright, Manchester Metropolitan University, Steve Pool, independent visual artist.

Listen (if you dare): voice-hearing and subversive disruption 

Dr Gail McConnell, Queen’s University Belfast, Jo Collinson Scott, University of the West of Scotland, Dr Deborah Maxwell, University of York

Chair: Michael Skey, UEA


10.30-11:45 Session 2: Mixing methods, disorienting disciplines, and reordering responsibilities: different ECRs’ experience from a large Connected Communities project

JSC 1.02  ‘I’ve been here and there, doing this and that’: one ECR’s journey through Connected Communities

Delyth Edwards, University of Leicester

Quantitative research methods for participation: Challenges and opportunities

Adrian Leguina, University of Manchester

Coproducing quantitative research at the Connected Communities Festival

Mark Taylor, University of Sheffield


11.45-13.00 Session 3: Community Spaces

JSC 1.01 Hospitable research and the arts of collaboration

Emily Cuming, University of Leeds, Alison Jeffers, University of Manchester

The People’s Pier: popular culture, heritage, and contested community spaces

Speakers: Olu Jenzen, University of Brighton, Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh, Lavinia Brydon, University of Kent

Chair: Dave O’Brien, Goldsmiths University of London


11:45 -13:00 Session 4: Reflecting on Research Careers and Language

JSC 1.02 Alternative career trajectories in the arts and humanities: reflections on the Connected Communities early career research development award

Geoff Bright, Manchester Metropolitan University, Angela Connelly, University of Manchester/Lancaster, Toby Pillatt, University of East Anglia/University of Sheffield

Spaces of communication, connection and language: In an interdisciplinary international multi-sector collaboration, whose language is it anyway?

Dr Anni Raw, University of Leeds, Dr Hilary Ramsden, University of South Wales, Kelly Di Bertolli, Community Partner and member of NEXIN academic/community research group, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil’

Chair: Chris Stone, Football Unites, Racism Divides


13:00-13:45 Lunch   


13:45 -14:30 Funder’s Forum

JSC 1.01 Natalia Alderson, Portfolio Manager – AHRC Histories, Cultures and Heritage, AHRC

Thomas Bray, Medical Humanities Adviser, The Wellcome Trust


14.30-15:45 Session 5: Practice and Performance

JSC 1.01  (r)agency? The lived practices of anger

Geoff Bright, Manchester Metropolitan University, Helen Limon, Newcastle University, Colin Hutchison, Community Partner, Debbie Beeks, Seven Stories, Jacob Fairless-Nicholson, Independent Artist.

‘I’m Ryan Dalglish and this is my star striker, Archie’: using performative participatory research to study the dis/connections between young people and football

Michael Skey, University of East Anglia, Chris Stone, Football Unites, Racism Divides

Chair: Anni Raw, University of Leeds


14.30-15:45 Session 6: Participation and Collaboration

JSC 1.02  ‘Conversations’, ‘relationships’ and ‘sharing’ – critical conceptual devices put to work to make visible the everyday politics in models of research participation

Lyze Dudley, University of Manchester, Tom Payne, Bath Spa University & University of Aberystwyth.

Spaces of co-production: reflections on working with community organisations and architects to reimagine the public toilet

Presenters: Dr Lisa Procter, University of Sheffield, Dr Emily Cuming, University of Leeds

The people’s pier: popular culture, heritage, and contested community spaces

Chair: Angela Connelly, University of Manchester


15.45-16:15 Coffee Break


16:15-17.30 Session 7: Sonic Communities

JSC 1.01 Researching festivals: being a Researcher-in-Residence

Emma Webster, University of East Anglia

Field work: researching music festivals and environmental sustainability

Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh, Jo Collinson Scott, University of the West of Scotland, Angela Connelly, University of Manchester

Chair: Mark Taylor, University of Sheffield


16:15- 17:30 Session 8: Making, Remaking and Unmaking

JSC 1.02 What happens to knowledge generated by a practice-led PhD in the context of Connected Communities research?

Dr Helen Smith, Research Fellow, Gray’s School of Art

Co-Producing CARE: Community Asset-Based Research and Enterprise

Mary Loveday Edwards, University of Falmouth

Bonded by a Beespoon: crossing research boundaries through making

Deborah Maxwell, University of York, Toby Pillatt, Co-I, University of Sheffield, Niamh Downing, Falmouth University, Liz Edwards, Lancaster University

Chair: Steve Pool, Visual Artist


Further information

For further information please contact Rachel Daniel, Connected Communities Administrator, UEA, on; 01603 592452


Public Engagement as Method in the Arts and Humanities Symposium – Call for Papers

The University of Sheffield is planning a symposium type event on 5 July 2016, in order to engage those in the Arts and Humanities, both academics and professional public engagement staff, in conversations about public engagement as method. This is something that we have been considering for some time and feel sure that similar discussions are happening elsewhere.

Further details and a download of the call for papers is a

Papers are intended to be short provocations to provide a starting point for discussion on the day rather than full conference papers, and the closing date for abstracts is Wednesday 13 April 2016. Please do circulate widely to your networks if you can.

Do get in touch if you have questions. Details of how to register for the event will be available in due course.