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Durham University

Engaging with Communities: Arts - and performance - based collaborative training

Banner image © St Antony's Priory

Speed Dating Event

Tuesday 11th June, 2013. 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Grey College, Holgate Room, Durham University, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LG

The aim of the speed dating event is for representatives from community groups and organisations to meet postgraduate researchers and academic staff from across the University to find out more about each other and explore possibilities for collaborative research on any topic.

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Further Details and travel advice

Speed Dating image © Centre for Social Justice & Community Action

AHRC and CARD sponsored postgraduate training event

St Antony's Priory, Durham, United Kingdom

2nd - 3rd May, 2013

This event is free, although places are limited

Engaging with communities will bring together community and university members in a supportive environment to reflect on the co-production and co-design of collaborative research. It offers training skills for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in Arts and Humanities, providing a unique opportunity for skills development in arts - and performance - based approaches to participatory research. The skills development package will offer a range of activities, taking place through two main events: a two-day training workshop in May 2013 and a networking event in June 2013.

The two-day training workshop will take place in Durham at St Antony's Priory on May 2nd - 3rd, 2013.

This will introduce participants to innovative arts - and performance - based research methods by offering 8 mini-workshops from experienced facilitators and practitioners. The one and a half hour long workshops will bring together students, academics and community members to share experiences of participation; to participate in various hands-on activities; and to reflect on the practice of ‘doing’ these forms of arts - and performance - based techniques. The event will also include a Voices of Experience panel and a Knowledge Café-style discussion, in order to collectively reflect on the ethics, practicalities and promise of this form of participatory and collaborative research.

The follow-up networking event will take place on June 11th, 2013 and will be delivered in partnership with the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA), Durham. This 'speed-dating' event will provide an informal opportunity for participants to explore potential research synergies via community-university partnerships in arts - and performance - based research. This event is also free to attend, but places will be limited.

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